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Winter Sleep wakes up Cannes buyers BY MELANIE GOODFELLOW
Winter Sleep, the three-hour Palme d’Or contender from Turkey’s Nuri Bilge Ceylan that has been racking up rave reviews in Cannes, has also been attracting buyers. Paris-based Memento Films International (MFI) has sold the film to the UK and Ireland (New Wave), Benelux (Cineart), Israel (Orlando Films), Greece (Ama Films), ex-Yugoslavia (MegaCom), Mexico (Mantarraya), Romania (Asociatia Culturala Macondo), Taiwan (Swallow Wings), Switzerland (Trigon), Austria (Stadtkino) and Portugal (Leopardo Filmes). A US deal is underway. The film, set in a family hotel in a remote Cappadocia village, was second in Screen International’s daily critics’ poll as of Monday night (page 32). MFI has also seen good business on Argentinian director Diego Lerman’s Refugiado, just a day after it premiered in Directors’ Fortnight. It has sold the road movie to Spain (Caramel), Benelux (Contact Film) and Switzerland (Trigon). Wiesner Distribution has picked it up for Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Panama and the Dominican Republic.
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Glacier mints $100m fund BY JEREMY KAY
Glacier Films backer and producer Vladimir Poliakov is launching a $100m fund to ramp up production at the growing company. The Russian businessman and Glacier’s Tove Christensen are in Cannes taking meetings to identify the next wave of productions. Glacier launched at Cannes last year with Tove and his brother Hayden Christensen, Sarik Andreasyan, Gevond Andreasyan, Georgy Malkov and Poliakov on board as partners.
In that time Glacier has produced four features: Sundance premiere Cooties, which Lionsgate will release; the in-post duo of American Heist starring Christensen and Adrien Brody, and Russian-language Lady Of Csejte; and thriller The Tank, which is set up at Open Road and due to wrap in two weeks. All four projects were part of a buyers’ presentation here, hosted by Russian promotion agency Roskino and Poliakov’s Renovatio Entertainment. Poliakov told Screen the goal
Visit Films sells Critics’ Week titles It Follows and 10,000KM » Page 2
REVIEWS Maps To The Stars Mulholland Drive, Sunset Boulevard and The Player wrapped into one » Page 10
Foxcatcher A wonderfully taut and thoughtfully unnerving drama » Page 12
SCREENINGS What to see at the festival and market today » Page 16
Arclight’s Rabbit hops the world BY LIZ SHACKLETON
Arclight Films has sold animated feature Legend Of A Rabbit: Martial Of Fire 3D to the UK’s Signature Entertainment and a slew of other territories. The $15m film has also been sold to Russia (Big Movie), Malaysia (GSC Movies), Korea (Line Tree) and Vietnam (BHD). Produced by Tianjin North Film Group, the film is a sequel to 2011 animated feature hit Legend Of A Rabbit. Sun Lijun has returned to direct the sequel, while Dong Dake
joined the project as co-director. Release is scheduled for January 2015 and a third Rabbit feature, to be directed by Dong, is in the works. Arclight has also sold Ghost Rituals, the directorial debut of Hong Kong actor Nick Cheung, to Korea (JoyNContents), Burma (Colorful Garden) and Thailand (Sahamongkol). Co-produced by Hong Kong’s Sundream Motion Pictures and Malaysia’s Asia Tropical Films, the horror film tells the story of a man who encounters evil spirits after taking over an opera troupe.
Le Pacte trumps BFI, BBC back with Timbuktu Hockney doc
Arrow takes UK Honeymoon
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Magnolia Pictures International has licensed UK rights to Honeymoon in Cannes to Arrow Films. Shooting Stars has picked up rights in the Middle East and Magnolia International’s sister company Magnet Releasing will distribute in the US later this year. Leigh Janiak’s directorial debut stars Rose Leslie and Harry Treadaway as newlyweds whose lakeside honeymoon is disrupted when the bride begins to exhibit strange behaviour. Janiak co-wrote with Phil Graziadei and Patrick Baker, and Esmé Howard produced. Christina Rogers negotiated the deal with Tom Stewart of Arrow Films.
now is to create larger films with global appeal that would put Glacier on the map. Paradigm is on board as adviser and represents domestic rights on the slate, as it has done on the first four. “We started Glacier with a relatively small amount of money to test the waters and put in about $15m,” said Poliakov. “What happened exceeded my expectations and happened faster than I expected. We’re also looking at CGI animation and the Chinese market.”
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Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo at the photocall for Competition title Foxcatcher. Director Bennett Miller’s tragic drama, based on a true story, received its world premiere here last night. See reviews, page 12.
Reel Suspects spreads Love Paris-based Reel Suspects has sold Brendan Muldowney’s Love Eternal to the US (Gravitas Ventures) and Australia and New Zealand (Vendetta Films). An adaptation of Loving The Dead, the novel by Japan’s Kei Oishi, the film centres on an isolated and death-fixated man. It has secured sales for horror
thriller Wild In Blue to Germanspeaking territories (Donau Films) and is in negotiations for Taiwan, US, UK and South Korea. Argentina’s Mirada Distribution took Kristina Buozyte’s Vanishing Waves, about a scientist who experiments with the thoughts of a comatose young woman. Melanie Goodfellow
Paris-based Le Pacte has secured a slew of deals on Abderrahmane Sissako’s Competition title Timbuktu, which captures the reign of terror of Islamic fundamentalists in Northern Mali. The company has sold the film to Benelux (Cineart), Switzerland (Trigon), Italy (Academy Two), Spain (Golem), Portugal (Midas), Greece (Weird Wave), Canada (Axia), Sweden (Folkets Bio), Norway (AS Fidalgo), Brazil (Imovision) and ex-Yugoslavia (MCF). Le Pacte will distribute in France. The film is inspired by the reallife stoning to death of a couple accused of having children out of marriage. It is co-produced by Les Films du Worso and Orange Studio. Sissako was last in Cannes with Bamako in 2006.
The BFI and BBC are to back a new documentary about acclaimed UK artist David Hockney, it has been announced in Cannes. Currently in post-production, the talking-heads documentary includes access to the influential artist and his personal archives. The film is produced by Baftanominated producer Kate Ogborn (This Is England), who most recently produced Ken Loach documentary The Spirit Of ’45. It will be directed by Randall Wright, who also made a 2003 TV doc on Hockney. An important contributor to the Pop Art movement of the 1960s, Hockney is considered one of the most influential UK artists of the 20th century. Andreas Wiseman
Apparat readies first co-pro By Liz Shackleton
Malaysian production company Apparat is lining up its first Indonesian co-production, Our Mosque Turned To Ruin, to be directed by Dain Iskandar Said. Indonesia’s Rupakata Cinema is co-producing the film about a man who sets out on a journey to the Highlands of Sumatra to unravel the mystery behind a mosque caretaker’s suicide. Founded by Said and producer Nandita Solomon, Apparat’s credits include acclaimed action drama Bunohan. Rupakata previously produced Kuntz Agus’s 2012 romantic drama Republik Twitter. Apparat’s next project will be fantasy adventure Drakula: Journey To The East (working title), set in 15th-century Malacca, which is scheduled to start shooting in October and is scripted by Amanda Nell Eu. Said is directing the action adventure mash-up, which will be co-produced by Primeworks Studios, the film arm of Malaysian broadcaster Media Prima. Primeworks is also backing Apparat’s supernatural thriller Interchange, about a forensics photographer who becomes involved with a shaman. Scripted by Said and June Tan, the project has been developed through Binger Filmlab, EAVE’s Ties That Bind and PiFan.
Little introduces debut slate from Genesius By Jeremy Kay
Producer Debbie Gray and realestate developer Julian Gleek have announced the initial slate of their fledgling Genesius Pictures. Robbie Little of The Little Film Company will handle sales on a number of the firm’s titles, and has initiated conversations with buyers here. The roster includes Tell Me The Truth About Love, the story of composer Benjamin Britten’s affair with the tenor Peter Pears. Gray is producing with Anne Beresford, and Margaret Williams will direct up-and-coming UK tal-
TrustNordisk asks WhoAmI TrustNordisk has picked up international sales rights to upcoming hacker thriller WhoAmI and will give buyers a first look here. Directed by Baran bo Odar, the film stars Tom Schilling and Elyas M’Barek as hackers targeted by the secret service. Max Wiedemann and Quirin Berg produce for Wiedemann & Berg Film with Justyna Muesch.
ents James Northcote (Belle) and James Norton (Rush). The More You Ignore Me comes from comedian Jo Brand, who wrote and will star, while Reg Traviss will direct The Ladykiller adapted from Martina Cole’s novel of the same name. Cole and Chris Whiteside produce. Flush is a co-production with Robbie and Ellen Little of The Little Film Company, adapted from the Virginia Woolf novel about Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning. Diarmuid Lawrence will direct and casting is underway for a late autumn shoot.
Also on Genesius’s slate is Amok, an adaptation of the Stefan Zweig novella, which is to be directed by Valeria Sarmiento. Gray is a former executive producer at ITV Studios who produced Northern Soul, which Little has been selling. Gleek, meanwhile, has served as executive producer on the upcoming Effie Gray, starring Dakota Fanning and Emma Thompson. Genesius, which is backed in part by The Low Carbon Innovation Fund, has signed a development deal with London animation studio Lupus Films.
Flanders fund awards nine titles Nine upcoming films have won a share of $2.74m (€2m) from the Screen Flanders Economic Fund. This year’s first round of funding will back Jaco Van Dormael’s surreal comedy The Brand New Testament, Felix van Groeningen’s Belgica, and TV drama The Missing directed by Tom Shankland. Other titles include Bowling Balls by Marc Punt, Galloping Mind from Wim Vandekeybus, Moonwalk by Antoine BardouJacquet, Paradise Trips by Raf Reyntjens and Ventoux by Nicole van Kilsdonk. Geoffrey Macnab
Visit strikes Critics’ Week deals By Jeremy Kay
Ryan Kampe’s Visit Films has enjoyed brisk trade on its slate, led by Critics’ Week selection It Follows and 10,000KM. David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows, a film about the chilling consequences of a young woman’s bizarre sexual encounter, has enticed buyers in the Middle East (Shooting Stars), Hong Kong (Edko), former Yugoslavia (2i Film) and Turkey (Bir). Rights previously closed in
the UK (Icon) and France (Metropolitan). Carlos Marques-Marcet’s SXSW romance 10,000KM has gone to South Korea (Nouveau), Poland (Hagi) and airlines (CineSky). Broad Green holds North American rights. Kampe licensed Rolf de Heer’s Australian drama Charlie’s Country to Cinemien for Benelux and Feelgood Entertainment in Greece. War Story has gone to Accent for Australia and New Zea-
land and Bir in Turkey. In other deals, Sophie Hyde’s family drama 52 Tuesdays — which was selected for both Sundance and Berlin — has closed in Spain (CineBinario) and Germany (Salzgeber). I Won’t Come Back, Anja Marquardt’s Berlin and SXSW drama She’s Lost Control and Sanjay Rawal’s doc Food Chains have gone to Edko for Hong Kong, while the latter also went to Tiberius for German-speaking Europe.
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Alexis Perrin, a former executive at respected Paris-based specialeffects company BUF, is laun ching his development and production company, Rumble Fish, in Cannes. The company screens Jean Luc Herbulot’s Paris-set thriller Dealer in the market today. The film shot over two weeks on a budget of just $170,000 (¤125,000) in one of the capital’s tough outer-city neighbourhoods. Dealer is already generating considerable interest among US buyers. The film revolves around a drug dealer, whose attempts to exit the narcotics trade backfire.
Actor Dan Bronchinson stars and produced the film. Herbulot says the picture is the first in a trilogy of intertwined stories that feature the same assortment of characters from the Paris underbelly.
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“The press who have seen the trailer are describing it as the ‘French Pusher’, but it’s not exactly that, although I’m flattered by the comparison… It’s got a different aesthetic,” said Congolese-French film-maker Herbulot, who is represented by Jeff Gorin and Rich Cook of WME. Perrin is also supporting Taiwanese director Ho Wi Ding’s time-shifting sci-fi picture Cities Of Last Things, revolving around a Taipei cop who turns to mass murder, and Blue Elephant by Egyptian film-maker Marwan Hamed, who was previously in Cannes in 2011 with portmanteau film 18 Days.
Rumble Fish arrives with Dealer
Hilditch shares talent insight Zak Hilditch, the Australian director of These Final Hours, took part in a top-level roundtable discussion about how the industry can best support new talent. The event, organised by the British Council, Creative England and Screen International, also welcomed guests including Vinca Wiedemann from the National Film School of Denmark, Lizzie Francke from the British Film Institute and Michel Pradier from Téléfilm Canada. A full report from the roundtable will be published in Screen’s June issue.
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French director Catherine Breillat has signed to direct her first English-language film, Bridge Of Floating Dreams, set against the backdrop of Japan some 20 years after Hiroshima. Centring on Sean, an Australian backpacker, and Miyoshi, a nightclub hostess, the film is based on a screenplay by award-winning Australian screenwriter Brian Jones. “In the relationship between Miyoshi and Sean there is something of a ‘romance’, but more flamboyant and carnal; more romantic and Romanesque,” says Breillat. It is the first time the filmmaker has directed someone else’s script and in English. The production was initiated by late Australian producer David Hannay. Producer Richard Barnes, a lifelong friend of Hannay, has taken over alongside Francois Cohen-Séat of Candide Films.
First Paris Coproduction Village readies projects By Melanie Goodfellow
Pia Marais, Andrea Segre and Brillante Mendoza are among the directors who will be presenting their new projects at the inaugural Paris Coproduction Village in June. The event is organised by the same team that organises Les Arcs European Film Festival and the Champs-Elysées Film Festival. The co-production and development platform was launched in
April after Paris Project lost its City Hall funding. “We didn’t have much time to put it together, so we were really proactive getting in touch with producers and directors. We’re really pleased with the selection,” said Vanja Kaludjercic, who is running the professional events. Other members of the team are Les Arcs CEO Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin, general manager
Guillaume Calop and consultant and co-founder Jeremy Zelnik. The platform complements the third edition of the ChampsElysées festival’s US In Progress programme, which will show four independent US films: Matthew Lessner’s Automatic At Sea, Benjamin Dickinson’s Creative Control, Hossein Keshavarz’s Eugenia And John and Erica Dunton’s Plastic Jesus.
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Beauty Of Sharks Karim Ainouz (US) ■ Dance For Me Pia Marais (Aus) ■ The Delegation Asaf Saban (Isr) ■ The Embroider Brillante Mendoza (Phil)
Catalin Mitulescu (Rom) ■ House Of My Fathers Suba Sivakumaran (Sri Lanka) ■ In The Middle Of The River Damian John Harper (Ger)
Maria Jose Martin (Chile) ■ Samui Song Pen-ek Ratanaruang (Thai) ■ Something Useful Pelin Esmer (Tur) ■ White Shadows Fabio Mollo (It)
Show & Share backs Wonder By Geoffrey Macnab
Paul Lin’s Beijing-based powerhouse Show & Share Entertainment Investment has come on board as investor-producer on The Wonder 3D, the long-gestating $20m fantasy adventure from Peter Hewitt starring Karl Urban and Willow Shields. The China-New Zealand coproduction will start shooting in both countries later in the year. Toni Collette is no longer involved, but her replacement will be announced shortly. Iain Brown is producing alongside Ashley Sidaway, Robert Sidaway, Lindsay Edmonds and Allan Xia. Iron Films, Show & Share and Friendship Films are the pro duction companies; Hyde Park International is handling sales. European Film Bonds is the completion guarantor. The story follows three teenage friends who find a rainbow.
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Epic wraps up Another deal By Jeremy Kay
Epic Pictures Group has acquired international rights to horror thriller Another from first-time director Jason Bognacki. Toronto Midnight Madness programmer Colin Geddes serves as executive producer and discovered Bognacki alongside Ultra 8 Pictures managing director Katarina Gligorijevic, the film’s associate producer. Paulie Rojas, Maria Olsen and Nancy Wolfe star in the film, a Giallo-Hammer Films style fusion about a young woman who may be descended from the Devil. Epic’s sales roster includes V/H/S Viral, the third in the horror franchise, which Magnolia will distribute in the US this autumn. Epic’s Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson are also selling recent Tribeca premiere Zombeavers, rom-com Who Gets The Dog? and Louder Than Words, starring David Duchovny.
Russian Fund to present 18 The Russian Cinema Fund, with support from the Russian Ministry of Culture, will present 18 new Russian films today at 6pm, at the Palais’ Auditorium K. The event will highlight animation projects, completed features of all genres and a handful of works in progress. Titles include hot-selling 3D animation sequel The Snow Queen 2, produced by Melnitsa Animation, which also presents 3D animation Sheep And Wolves; actioner 22 Minutes; football drama The Big Game; restaurant comedy The Kitchen In Paris; period melodrama Two Women, sold by Rezo Films; and Englishlanguage horror-thriller Bathory. Wendy Mitchell
MAD to cross borders with 10 Arab features By Liz Shackleton
Cairo-based distributor MAD Solutions has unveiled a slate of 10 Arab features that it will release across the region over the next year. All 10 titles will receive a dayand-date multi-territory release, with the territories determined by what is appropriate for each film. “These are specialist films, so the idea is to give them a wide geographic release, rather than wide in terms of the number of screens,” said MAD co-founder
Alaa Karkouti. Following the August release of Hany AbuAssad’s Omar in eight Arab territories, MAD will distribute an as-yet-untitled Arabic-language horror in August and Ahmed Amer’s mockumentary Kiss Me Not in October. Produced by Middle West Films, Kiss Me Not revolves around an Egyptian director who is facing issues with his kissing scenes. Egyptian omnibus film The Mice Room, which premiered at Dubai International Film Festival
last year, will be released in the last three months of 2014. Mahmoud Kamel’s Out Of Service is also being lined up for release before the end of the year. The remaining titles will be released in the first six months of 2015. They include Fawzi Saleh’s drama Poisoned Roses; Mohamed Khan’s Before The Summer Crowds; Sherif Nakhla’s documentary Les Petits Chats; Francois Verster’s doc The Dream Of Shahrazad; and Jordanian director Rifqi Assaf’s debut feature The Curve.
A total of 24 film producers from across Europe, selected by European Film Promotion’s member organisations, took part in EFP’s networking platform, Producers on the Move. The three-day event, which ended yesterday, included working sessions, one-to-one speeddating meetings and follow-up discussions on future projects. For the first time, Eurimages prepared a case study exclusively for the scheme, supported financially by the MEDIA Programme (2007-13) of the European Union and participating EFP member organisations.
New Century weaves Cotton tale By Liz Shackleton
Egyptian production company New Century Production will produce Cotton And Mice, the first project to team director Amr Salama and the Arab world’s biggest star, Ahmed Helmy.
The film is a comedy but the film-makers and star are keeping the story under wraps, which is customary with Helmy’s projects. Scripted by Mostafa Helmy, the film also stars Yasmine Raees and Dalal Abdel Aziz.
Currently in production, the film will be given the widest dayand-date release ever across Egypt at the end of July, when it goes out on 100 screens. Salama’s credits include a segment of doc Tahrir 2011: The Good, The Bad, And The Politician, and recent hit Excuse My French.
LatAm focus held today Buenos Aires Lab is teaming with the Marché to screen four LatAm works in progress tomorrow from 4-6pm at Palais K, Salle Bory: She Comes Back On Thursday by Andre Novais Oliveira (Brazil), The Princess Of France by Matias Pineiro (Argentina), The Absent by Nicolas Pereda (Mexico) and Lulez by Luis Ortega (Argentina).
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Indie Sales has unveiled the first image of Belgian director Joachim Lafosse’s The White Knights, starring Vincent Lindon as an aid worker accused of child abduction while on a mission, opposite Louise Bourgoin and Valérie Donzelli. The film, which just wrapped in Morocco, is in post-production. Melanie Goodfellow
cannes briefs Electric powers up Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has accessed a $50m capital infusion in the form of corporate and production credit facilities from First Republic Bank.
Brody crowned Emperor Corsan has cast Adrien Brody in the title role of Lee Tamahori’s revenge tale, Emperor. The company has introduced the project to international buyers here, and Paradigm represents North America. Production is set to begin in August in the Czech Republic and Belgium.
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Almeida’s film scoops Doc Alliance prize By Wendy Mitchell
The Doc Alliance Selection Award was announced at the Marché’s Doc Corner Brunch yesterday as The Quest Of The Schooner Creoula by Andre Valentim Almeida. The film follows the director on a schooner to the Selvagens Islands to document a Portuguese scientific expedition. He also taps his own memories of his family’s fishing history in Newfoundland. Almeida said at the brunch: “It’s an important prize for me. It’s validating what I’ve been doing for the past several years.” Also at the brunch, the Connect4Climate campaign and coalition announced it would follow up its Action4Climate documentary competition with a new competition, Action4Climate+, for film-makers over 35 years of age. Film-makers such as Bernardo Bertolucci, Fernando Meirelles, Mira Nair and Wim Wenders will serve on the jury. The initiative is backed by The World Bank Group, the Italian Ministry of the Environment and the Global Environment Facility. Guests at the Doc Corner Brunch included directors Laurent Bécue-Renard (Of Men And War) and Frederick Wiseman (National Gallery).
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Bridges Of Sarajevo
Honouring the spirit of Sarajevo By Vladan Petkovic
Omnibus feature film Bridges Of Sarajevo, consisting of 13 short films by 13 European directors, will have its world premiere as a special screening on Thursday. The project was initiated by the First World War Centenary Mission and intended as a central part of the Sarajevo Heart of Europe, a multi-disciplinary festival that will take place June 21-28 in the city where Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and triggered the war. The film will be screened on June 27, a day before the centenary of the assassination. The project also represents a transformation of Sarajevo Film Festival’s Sarajevo City of Film from a Talent Campus production of short films into a fund that will focus on feature film production.
More will be revealed at the festival (August 15-23), which will also screen the film. Such a complex and significant project required a unifying factor, and the producers approached the French film critic, curator and lecturer Jean-Michel Frodon to select the directors and co-ordinate the creative part of making the film. “I wanted the film to translate very different personalities, from Portugal to Ukraine. I also wanted to have a significant number of women among them, and different generations and people who have different kinds of relations with Sarajevo,” says Frodon. These range from Sarajevoborn and raised Aida Begic, to Balkan directors such as Vladimir Perisic, Kamen Kalev and Cristi Puiu, who are very familiar with the city, to film-makers who have
never before been there, such as Vincenzo Marra, Ursula Meier and Isild Le Besco. There was also Jean-Luc Godard, who has had a strong connection with the city since the 1992-95 siege, and whose Our Music was shot predominantly in Sarajevo. “It was a challenge to find the right balance between unity and diversity. I’m happy this film speaks 10 different languages, but at the same time there’s a need to connect them, which is a very European issue,” says Frodon. “I was interested in what Sarajevo can represent in the spirit of imagination of contemporary Europeans, as well as depicting some aspect of the reality of Sarajevo today. Besides the real city, there’s also a kind of an imagined Sarajevo. I wanted all these aspects to be present in the film, as well as the memory of the First World War. It was an explosion of Europe, which replayed itself in a very specific way in 1992-95.”
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Q&A David Robert Mitchell New York-based director David Robert Mitchell follows up The Myth Of The American Sleepover, which debuted in 2010 in Cannes Critics’ Week, with It Follows — a creepy thriller about a group of teens in the Michigan suburbs who are followed by ominous figures. The film has attracted buzz in Critics’ Week; Visit Films handles international sales. There are similarities in the subtle storytelling and acting in It Follows and your first film. What attracts you to that style? I can’t explain it — it’s a personal thing for me. I’ve been directing in this style since my short films. It’s like a sort of soft naturalism that isn’t quite real; a little bit to the side and a bit dreamy. It’s not really the way people react, but it’s almost real.
Bridging theme The individual films are connected by animation sequences relating to an imaginary bridge in Sarajevo, designed by Belgian comic-book artist Francois Schuiten and animated by multiaward-winning Portuguese animator Luis da Matta Almeida. “There is also a more mental network of connections — what you see in one of the films seems to be completed or repeated in others,” Frodon adds. Rezo will release Bridges Of Sarajevo in France on July 2, and Indie Sales has international rights.
What was behind shifting genres to a thriller? I’m interested in all genres. But certainly directors like Carpenter and Cronenberg, and films including Creature From The Black Lagoon, Nosferatu and Bride Of Frankenstein have inspired me. The following idea stemmed from nightmares I had when I was young. Basically you see someone and they come towards you slowly. It’s a real person but they often look like different people. You could run into a house, crawl out the window and run down an alley — I could always get away from it
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— but they never entirely went away. But getting away wasn’t the point. Knowing something is coming for you is more terrifying than the confrontation itself. These dreams stopped when I was a teenager and it was then I knew I wanted to make the dreams into something. Sex plays a key part in what attracts the followers. How did you integrate this idea? It merged from an idea of being connected to other people, a sort of mental and physical chain that people have. And through sex, people you have been close to and they have been close to are suddenly linked. What’s next for you? I have several scripts that I want to direct. Ideally the next one would be an adventure-mystery. The characters are more my own age, and it’s strange and magical. It’s really cool; I am excited about it. There will be lots more opportunity for special effects. Tiffany Pritchard
An arresting Welcome for Depardieu By Melanie Goodfellow
Although not a festival selection, Abel Ferrara’s Welcome To New York created quite a stir in Cannes on Saturday night. The film — starring Gérard Depardieu in a role inspired by former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s 2011 arrest in New York on sex charges, later dropped — was one of the Croisette’s most anticipated titles. Industry, press and public were in
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attendance at the Star cinema as well as in a makeshift theatre at the Carlton’s Nikki Beach, before heading to party with fake NYPD cops and kinky goodie bags. Simultaneously, the film also went up live on a dozen VoD sites in France, including Wild Bunch’s platform FilmoTV, as well as in Germany, Spain and Italy. The films follows Depardieu’s Mr Devereaux, kicking off with two
orgy scenes and a sexual assault in the first 20 minutes, before moving on to his arrest and imprisonment on sexual assault charges. Asked at the press conference whether either Strauss-Kahn or his ex-wife Anne Sinclair had seen the film, Wild Bunch co-chief Vincent Maraval said: “Who knows. Perhaps they’re watching on FilmoTV right now and paying us ¤7 to do so.”
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Maps To The Stars Reviewed by Lee Marshall The long-awaited spawn of the union between director David Cronenberg and writer Bruce Wagner is Mulholland Drive, Sunset Boulevard and The Player wrapped up into one darkly comic, Gothic-tinged package. Cannes was always going to be the right launchpad for a film that is on one level a bitter but tasty satire on the amorality of Hollywood, channelled with verve and gusto by some of those who belong to the star system that is being sent up: Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson. But the Cannes critical and industry-insider reaction to a film whose targets are just one degree of separation from its audience may not be a fair litmus test once Maps To The Stars is forced to make its own way in the big wide world. Outside of our celluloid cage, it is going to be the kooky and in the end surprisingly edgy story of a screwed-up Tinseltown family’s implosion that counts for more than the references to Harvey Weinstein, points on an actor’s contract and Scientology (“I’m thinking of converting as a career move,” says Jerome, the chauffeur/actor/ screenwriter played by Pattinson). The film does not quite get away with its attempt to reconcile satire with pathos, but it comes perilously close. Hollywood is a network and Cronenberg’s film — which takes its name from the guides to celebrity houses used by star-struck tourists —
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COMPETITION Fr-Can-Ger-US. 2014. 111mins Director David Cronenberg Production companies Entertainment One, Prospero Pictures, SBS Productions, Starmaps Productions/SBS Productions/Integral Film Production International sales eOne Films International, www. eonefilmsinternational. com Producers Martin Katz, Said Ben Said Executive producers Renee Tab, Patrice Theroux, Benedict Carver Screenplay Bruce Wagner Cinematography Peter Suschitzky Editor Ronald Sanders Production designer Carol Spier Music Howard Shore Main cast Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson
focuses on a small slice of this mesh. There is the Weiss family, made up, when first presented, of New Age TV self-help psychologist and celebrity therapist Stafford (Cusack), brattish, prematurely old child-star son Benjie, just back from rehab (an impressive performance by young Canadian actor Evan Bird), and his highly strung, hard-bargaining manager mother Cristina (Olivia Williams). And there is also one of Stafford’s regular clients, no-longer-young actress Havana Segrand (Moore, having a whale of a time), a monstrously ambitious woman haunted by envy of younger rivals and the shadow of a dead actress mother whose most famous role the nippedand-tucked diva is hoping to reprise in a remake directed by an arthouse darling. It is not immediately obvious who Agatha (Wasikowska) is, the seemingly sweet and shy girl from Florida, who arrives in town by bus and engages the services of a private limo driven by Jerome. She lands a job as Havana’s personal PA — or ‘chore whore’ — thanks to Carrie Fisher (playing herself in a cameo). We soon work out that Agatha, whose face and body are scarred by burns, is the Weiss family’s elder daughter, sent into care after starting a fire in which she and Benjie nearly died while mum and dad were out. Ironically, the TV show that is now making her early-teen brother $300,000 a week is called Bad Babysitter. Wasikowska is the lynch-
pin of the film’s success, her always believable, sympathetic, occasionally scary performance as a car-crash of a teenager serving to dramatically ground the comedy and tow it into darker waters. There is a real sting in the satire and no holds are barred in the dialogue. With Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama, Oprah Winfrey and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma roped into the merry dance, this is a film that revels in its lack of political correctness. But gradually the mood darkens and deepens as both Benjie and Havana begin seeing ghosts — the latter being plagued by visions of her actress mother (a brief turn by Cronenberg regular Sarah Gadon). In fact with its permeable line between life and death, incest themes and its anger-fuelled satirical animus against the rich and famous, Maps To The Stars traces at least part of its ancestry all the way back to Ancient Greece and Rome. It is a baggy, audacious mix that makes up in brio what it lacks in dramatic coherence. And Cronenberg’s go-to composer, Howard Shore, delivers one of his best scores yet for the dry Canadian maestro, a menacing undercurrent that picks up on some of the ethnic New Age sounds of the world it depicts, but shifts them into A Clockwork Orange territory.
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Force Majeure Reviewed by Lee Marshall
Foxcatcher Reviewed by Mark Adams
The strikingly dark and tragic story of the unlikely relationship between a repressed and deeply eccentric millionaire and two champion wrestlers, Bennett Miller’s impressively sustained Foxcatcher is a taut and unnerving drama likely to attract awards attention thanks to three very different lead performances that dovetail perfectly. While much attention will be heaped on Steve Carell’s prosthetic nose and his moody performance as troubled millionaire John Eleuthere du Pont, it is the nuanced performances by Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum that act as the perfect balance to Carell’s haughty obsessive. While hefty in terms of running time — it runs over two hours — there is a sense of scale to the film given its astute use of locations as well as an intriguing balance between a moneyed American family whose lineage runs through generations of powerful individuals and two blue-collar men who found fame through wrestling. The opening scenes of archive footage of wealthy folk fox-hunting sets the scene for the background to the fabulously wealthy du Pont family — who made their money in munitions — and the Foxcatcher estate, now overseen by heir John du Pont (Carell) and his elderly mother (Redgrave, quietly memorable). Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Tatum) is invited by du Pont to move to the family estate to form a team to train for the 1998 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility. For quiet and intense Mark, it is the chance to escape from the shadow of his more outgoing and popular brother Dave (Ruffalo). For du Pont his obsession with wrestling allows him to promote himself, and also acts as a contrast to his mother’s passion for horses. In a rare audience with his mother she dismisses wrestling as ‘low’. There is a homo-erotic subtext to the growing relationship between du Pont and Mark (with the wrestling a very physical but non-explicit manifestation) as he also introduced Mark to drugs and drink, but du Pont’s manipulative tendency causes a rift between them when he recruits Dave to the wrestling team. The relationship between the three men becomes darkly complex, with du Pont eventually taking offence to the fact blood is stronger than water (or wages) as Dave sides with his brother as he prepares for the Olympics. But du Pont is not a man to be trifled with, with a repressed darkness gradually taking him over.
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US. 2014. 134mins Director Bennett Miller Production companies Annapurna Pictures, Liley Story, Media Rights Capital International sales Annapurna International, www.annapurnapics.com Producers Megan Ellison, Bennett Miller, Jon Kilik, Anthony Bregman Executive producers Chelsea Barnard, Ron Schmidt, Mark Bakshi, Michael Coleman, Tom Heller Screenplay E Max Frye, Dan Futterman Cinematography Greig Fraser Editors Stuart Levy, Conor O’Neill, Jay Cassidy Production designer Jess Gonchor Music Rob Simonsen Main cast Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller, Anthony Michael Hall, Guy Boyd, Dave ‘Doc’ Bennett
A sardonic, serious, funny, precision-controlled psychocomedy-drama inspired by the selfishness of our survival instincts, Swedish director Ruben Ostlund’s fourth feature is his best yet. Though screening in Un Certain Regard, this impressive film, revolving around a Swedish family’s unexpectedly conflictual skiing holiday, would not have looked out of place in Competition. Already sold in several territories, Force Majeure (aka Turist) looks set to notch up several more deals. Imperfect human behaviour is still under the microscope here, as in the director’s previous work, but though at times he likes to watch his specimens wriggle on pins, or stick pins into each other, there is a new sense of compassion as well as a striking visual unity in this new film. Combine this with Ostlund’s knack for rescuing comedy out of the jaws of drama, and you have a title with surefire appeal for discerning arthouse audiences. Ostlund began his career as a director of skiing films, but it is not so much the beautifully shot ski scenes that impress in his vision of the unnamed resort where a model Scandinavian family — handsome father Tomas (Kuhnke), quietly radiant mother Ebba (Kongsli) and children Vera and Harry (Clara and Vincent Wettergren) — are taking a winter break. With a sense of unease — a mood underscored by repeat bursts of that famous thunderstorm riff from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons — we follow the family through their seven-day holiday. On the second day, when the family is eating lunch on the terrace, a ‘controlled’ avalanche down the valley builds as it rushes towards the chalet. Tomas bolts in the general stampede, not forgetting his iPhone, but Ebba stays to protect the kids. There are no serious consequences — the whiteout that enveloped the terrace was just powder, and life goes on as before. Except it doesn’t. Tomas’s instinctive act of selfishness, and his refusal to fess up to it, begins to poison the couple’s relationship. What follows is a nuanced dramatic choreography in which Ebba’s distress and Tomas’s self-delusion are exposed through spot-on body language, competitive tooth-brushing sessions and whispered arguments outside the family’s hotel room. But Force Majeure never loses sight of its mandate to make us wonder how we might react in a survival scenario. The pressbook helpfully informs us that many marriages do not survive such catastrophe tests. One wonders how many break-ups the film itself might provoke, as the after-screening discussions escalate.
Un certain regard Swe-Den-Fr-Nor. 2014. 119mins Director/screenplay Ruben Ostlund Production companies Plattform Produktion, Parisienne, Coproduction Office, Motlys International sales Coproduction Office, www. coproductionoffice.com Producers Erik Hemmendorff, Marie Kjellson, Philippe Bober Executive producers Jessica Ask, Film i Vast Cinematography Fredrik Wenzel Editor Ruben Ostlund, Jacob Secher Schulsinger Production designer Josefin Asberg Music Ola Flottum Main cast Johannes Bah Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren, Vincent Wettergren, Kristofer Hivju, Fanni Metelius
A Girl At My Door Reviewed by Mark Adams A resolutely leftfield and refreshingly off-kilter drama, July Jung’s A Girl At My Door (Dohee Ya) is a deftly intriguing tale of alcoholism and abuse that starts off as a seemingly familiar domestic drama before spiralling off into something more unnerving and vaguely disturbing. It is driven by a strong cast and makes the most of a rural location that should be idyllic but, in fact, is home to some rather dysfunctional people. The film is given heart and soul by a magnetic performance from the excellent Doona Bae (from Cloud Atlas, The Host and Air Doll) as a young policewoman struggling to deal with her own problems, and whose compassionate nature sees her seeking to protect a young teenage girl from physical abuse. The strong cast could well make it an intriguing film for niche distributors, while further festival exposure should be highly likely. Young-nam (Bae) is the new chief of a smalltown police station by the coast, sent there from Seoul after unspecified domestic issues. She tries to be polite, keep a low profile and tolerate the drunken excesses of some of the locals though at home she drinks heavily herself, decanting booze into water bottles and finding that drinking is the only way to get to sleep.
Love At First Fight Reviewed by Jonathan Romney Two young French things discover that you can make love and war in Love At First Fight (Les Combattants), a drolly enjoyable screwball romcom from first-time director Thomas Cailley. Essentially light but with a solid base of grit and mischief, Cailley’s film is about a slow-burgeoning romance between a good-natured regular Joe and a femme who baffles him at every turn. But where the bewitching women in such romcoms tend to be zany and fluffy (the ‘Manic Pixie Dream Girl’, as the archetype has been dubbed), in this case she is a hard-as-nails military fanatic who sees life as one big boot camp. The film is a delicious vehicle for rising French star Adele Haenel (so impressive in last year’s Suzanne), very likeably partnered by the candid, comedically astute Kevin Azais. A quiet but well-crafted, intelligent audiencepleaser, Love At First Fight should export healthily to niche distributors, and festivals will love it. It could use a change of English title, though: why go for something so off-puttingly clunky when plain ‘Fighters’ or even ‘Combatants’ would do as well? Set by the sea in the Aquitaine region of France, the film begins with Arnaud (Azais)
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S Kor. 2014. 119mins Director/screenplay July Jung Production companies Pinehouse Film, Now Films International sales CJ Entertainment, http://en.cjenm.com Producers Lee Chang-dong, Lee Joon-dong Executive producer Simon Lee Cinematography Kim Hyun-seok Editor Lee Young-lim Production designer Yoon Sang-yoon Music Jang Young-gyu Main cast Doona Bae, Kim Sae-ron, Song Saebyuk
DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT Fr. 2014. 98mins Director/screenplay Thomas Cailley Production company Nord-Ouest International sales Bac Films, www.bacfilms.fr Producer Pierre Guyard Screenplay Thomas Cailley, Claude Le Pape Cinematography David Cailley Editor Lilian Corbeille Production designer Paul Chapelle Music Lionel Flairs, Benoit Rault, Philippe Deshaies Main cast Adele Haenel, Kevin Azais, Antoine Laurent, Brigitte Rouan
Drama comes into her life in the form of Dohee (Kim), a timid and withdrawn 14-year-old girl, covered with cuts and bruises, who is bullied at school and beaten by her boozy stepfather Yong-ha (Song). After yet another beating at her home, Dohee’s equally alcoholic step-grandmother is found the next morning dead in the sea, with the assumption that she rode her vehicle off the road. When Yong-ha attacks the girl yet again, Young-nam offers to let her stay at her house, with the rather wounded pair offering each other a kind of solace. The film spins off in a subtly different direction when Young-nam’s former girlfriend comes to visit and Do-hee’s manipulative jeal-
ousy sees the policewoman being investigated by her own force after the young girl makes accusations that she has been sexually abused by Young-nam. Despite her good intentions, Young-nam finds herself caught in a terrible position in the underbelly of this dark little rural town, with this twisted story getting ever more troubling. A Girl At My Door is an engagingly strange drama, that weaves abuse, sexual manipulation and racism into its apparently low-key story. Jung keeps a sense of blandness to the drama despite the troubling aspects of the storyline, with Doona Bae proving to be a charismatic and watchable lead as the troubled young policewoman.
and his older brother Manu (Laurent) readying to take over the timber company of their deceased dad. With not much action in town, except for visits from a Territorial Army recruitment roadshow, Arnaud finds himself signed up for a martial-arts bout with a local girl, Madeleine (Haenel), who wipes the floor with him until he bites himself free. Hired to build a shed for her parents, Arnaud gets to know the scowling, taciturn Madeleine better, and learns that she’s a rum ’un: a tough cookie obsessed with learning hardcore survivalist skills to prepare for the coming apoca-
lypse. Monomaniac, humourless and brutally unsentimental — and not averse to administering the odd headbutt — Madeleine worries the hell out of the otherwise confident Arnaud. But she is also extremely alluring and he falls for her so badly that he finds himself following her onto an army training course. Here the film skips into a more familiar farcical mode than the cooler, sardonic humour of the opening act. But the army stuff is neatly handled too, with Nicolas Wanczycki contributing a dryly funny turn as a long-suffering lieutenant. Then things ramp up to something by turns lyrical and — in a surprise climax — downright apocalyptic, as the couple desert their manoeuvres to rough it survivalist-style in a forest, with a bizarre and visually extravagant outcome. Starting off in a decidedly minor key, Cailley works up his gently acidic comedy with expertise, nicely working some new riffs on the theme of small-town boredom, and eventually taking us somewhere unexpected as this counter-intuitive love match blossoms among the paintball bullets. The leads are nicely cast, Azais making a sweetly flustered foil for Haenel’s variation on the Ninotchka routine — scowling, serious, forbidding, and yet surprisingly tender when Madeleine eventually loosens up to the pleasures of life and love, in and out of camouflage fatigues.
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TU DORS NICOLE
(Canada) 90mins. Dir: Stephane Lafleur. Key cast: Julianne Cote, Catherine St-Laurent. Making the most of the family home while her parents are away, Nicole, 22, is enjoying a peaceful summer with her best friend, Veronique. When Nicole’s older brother shows up with his band to record an album, the girls’ friendship is put to the test.
08:30 TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT
(Belgium) 95mins. Dir: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne. Key cast: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Olivier Gourmet. For two days and a night, with the help of her husband, 30-year-old Sandra searches the town for colleagues prepared to sacrifice their bonuses so she can keep her job.
Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette
Competition Press Grand Theatre Lumiere
WHEN ANIMALS DREAM
(Denmark) 84mins. Dir: Jonas Arnby. Key cast: Sonia Suhl, Lars Mikkelsen, Sonja Richter. A coming-of-age-horror film set in a secluded fishing village about a young girl falling in love and discovering she is a werewolf from her mother, at the same time as she gets hunted down by the village. Critics’ Week Miramar
Festival & Press 09:00 QUEEN AND COUNTRY
(UK) 114mins. Dir: John Boorman. Key cast: Caleb Landry Jones, Callum Turner, David Thewlis. The year is 1952. Bill Rowan is 18, dreaming his life away at the family’s riverside home, waiting to be called up for two years’
conscription in the Army. He swims each morning and yearns for a pretty girl who cycles past at that time on the towpath across the river. This idyll is shattered by the harsh realities of boot camp and the events that unfold on the front. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette
09:00 QUEEN AND COUNTRY
OF MEN AND WAR
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(France) 142mins. Dir: Laurent Becue-Renard. Documentary. A dozen combat veterans start anew in a pioneering war trauma therapy centre.
11:00 COMING HOME
(China) 111mins. Dir: Zhang Yimou. Key cast: Chen Daoming, Gong Li. Returning home to find his wife suffering from amnesia, recently released political prisoner Lu Yanshi is determined to reawaken her memory and resurrect their shared past. Out of Competition Press Grand Theatre Lumiere
(US) 130mins. Dir: Bennett Miller. Key cast: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum. Biopic based on Olympic wrestling gold medallist Mark Schultz’s autobiography. Competition Salle Du 60Eme
Out of Competition Press Salle Bunuel
(India) 124mins. Dir: Kanu Behl. Key cast: Shashank Arora, Ranvir Shorey. In the badlands of Delhi’s underbelly, Titli, the youngest member of a violent car-jacking brotherhood, plots a desperate bid to escape the ‘family’ business. Un Certain Regard Press Theatre Claude Debussy
11:30 EAT YOUR BONES (Mange tes morts)
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Dir: Jean-Charles Hue. Key cast: Jason Francois, Michael Dauber. Eighteen-year-old Jason Dorkel belongs to a community of travellers. He is about to celebrate his Christian baptism when Fred, his halfbrother, returns after several years in prison. Directors’ Fortnight Arcades 1
(France) 91mins. Dir: Boris Lojkine. Key cast: Endurance Newton, Justin Wang. Deep in the Sahara desert, as they try to get to Europe, Leonard, a young man from Cameroon, rescues Hope, a Nigerian woman. In a fiercely hostile world where safety requires staying with one’s own people, these two try to find their
way together and to love each other. Critics’ Week Miramar
(US) 105mins. Dir: Damien Chazelle. Key cast: Miles Teller, JK Simmons, Paul Reiser. An aspiring drummer enters an elite conservatory’s top jazz orchestra. It won’t be a cakewalk. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette
13:15 A GIRL AT MY DOOR
(South Korea) 119mins. Dir: Jung July. Key cast: Bae Doona, Kim Sae-Ron. Police chief Young-nam is transferred to a small town where she meets Dohee, a young girl shunned by her family and society, and the two help each other heal. Un Certain Regard Salle Bazin
13:45 MAPS TO THE STARS
(Canada) 148mins. Dir: David Cronenberg. Key cast: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams, Evan Bird, Sarah Gadon, Niamh Wilson, Dawn Greenhalgh, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson.
A look at Hollywood and what it reveals about Western culture. Competition Salle Du 60Eme
14:00 LOST RIVER
(US) 75mins. Dir: Ryan Gosling. Key cast: Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Iain Mendelsohn, Matt Smith, Reda Kateb, Barbara Steele, Eva Mendes, Ben De Caestecker. Weaves elements of fantasynoir and suspense into a modern-day fairytale. Un Certain Regard Press Theatre Claude Debussy
TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT
(Belgium) 95mins. Dir: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne. Key cast: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Olivier Gourmet. Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere
(France) 123mins. Dir: Panos H Koutras. Key cast: Kostas Nikouli, Nikos Gelia. Strangers in their own birthplace, 16-year-old Danny and 18-year-old Odysseus cross the entire country in search of their Greek father after their Albanian mother passes away. Determined to force him to acknowledge paternity, little do they know the road to the much-coveted Greek citizenship is paved with ghosts from the past, adult savagery and a dream that needs to come true. Un Certain Regard Salle Bazin
16:00 LES GENS DU MONDE
(France) 82mins. Dir: Yves Jeuland. Key cast: Ariane Chemin, Raphaelle Bacque, Thomas Wieder. Documentary celebrating 70 years of the French newspaper. Out of Competition Salle Bunuel
16:30 STILL THE WATER
(Israel) 120mins. Dir: Nadav Lapid. A poetry-loving kindergarten teacher discovers a child poet and decides to take it upon herself to nurture him.
(Japan) 118mins. Dir: Naomi Kawase. Key cast: Nijiro Murakami, Jun Yoshinaga, Tetta Sugimoto, Miyuki Matsuda, Fujio Tokita. On the subtropical Japanese island of Amami, traditions about nature remain eternal.
Critics’ Week Miramar
Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere
THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER
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(UK) 114mins. Dir: John Boorman. Key cast: Caleb Landry Jones, Callum Turner, David Thewlis. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette
SALT OF THE EARTH
(France) 100mins. Dir: Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado. Focuses on photographer and explorer Sebastiao Salgado’s latest work: discovering parts of the world still untouched by modern civilisation. Un Certain Regard Press Theatre Claude Debussy
(France) 91mins. Dir: Boris Lojkine. Key cast: Endurance Newton, Justin Wang. Critics’ Week Miramar
18:00 BIRD PEOPLE See box, below
19:30 IN THE NAME OF MY DAUGHTER
Dir: Andre Techine. Key cast: Guillaume Canet, Catherine Deneuve, Adele Haenel. Based on the most famous alleged murder case of the French Riviera. The murder of Agnes Le Roux is a question that still remains 30 years later. A tale of passion, money and betrayal. Out of Competition Press Theatre Claude Debussy
TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT
(Belgium) 95mins. Dir: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne. Key cast: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Olivier Gourmet.
JK Simmons, Paul Reiser.
Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette
(US) 75mins. Dir: Ryan Gosling. Key cast: Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Iain Mendelsohn, Matt Smith, Reda Kateb, Barbara Steele, Eva Mendes, Ben De Caestecker.
(France) 105mins. Dir: Tony Gatlif. Key cast: Celine Sallette, David Murgia, Rachid Yous. Geronimo is an upright street educator who has been respected in her city for many years. Everything changes when 16-year-old Nil Terzi runs away from her forced marriage to reunite with her lover, Lucky Molina. Out of Competition Salle Bunuel
Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere
21:30 THE WARRIORS
19:45 MARRIAGE ITALIAN STYLE
(Italy) 102mins. Dir: Vittorio De Sica. Key cast: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni. A businessman has an affair with a 17-year-old prostitute. Cannes Classics Salle Du 60Eme
(US) 92mins. Dir: Walter Hill. Key cast: Michael Beck, James Remar. Film classic about battling gangs in New York. Cinema De La Plage Plage Mace
(US) 105mins. Dir: Damien Chazelle. Key cast: Miles Teller,
(France) 91mins. Dir: Boris Lojkine. Key cast: Endurance Newton, Justin Wang. Critics’ Week Miramar
Un Certain Regard Press Theatre Claude Debussy
22:15 TU DORS NICOLE
(Canada) 90mins. Dir: Stephane Lafleur. Key cast: Julianne Cote, Catherine St-Laurent. Directors’ Fortnight Theatre Croisette
22:30 COMING HOME
(China) 111mins. Dir: Zhang Yimou. Key cast: Chen Daoming, Gong Li. Out of Competition Grand Theatre Lumiere
THESE FINAL HOURS
(Australia) 86mins. Dir: Zak Hilditch. Key cast: Angourie Rice, Daniel Henshall, Jessica De Gouw, Kathryn Beck, Lynette Curan, Nathan Phillips, Sarah Snook. What would you do on the last day on Earth?
A CHRISTMOOSE STORY Dir: Lourens Blok Prod: Lemming Film Sales: Attraction Distribution (feature, 85’) Tue May 20, 09:30 Palais J (market screening)
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09:30 A CHRISTMOOSE STORY
Festival & Press 18:00 BIRD PEOPLE
(France) 127mins. Dir: Pascale Ferran. Key cast: Anais Demoustier, Josh Charles. In the unusual world of airport zones, where all kinds of people transit — but where some
also live and work — two strangers are trying to make sense of their lives. Both are ready for dramatic changes to fulfil their hopes and dreams. Un Certain Regard Salle Bazin
(Netherlands) Attraction Distribution. 85mins. Dir: Lourens Blok. Key cast: Dennis Reinsma, Dana Goldberg, Derek De Lint, Jelka Van Houten, Carla Hardy. Imagine: a full-grown moose comes crashing through the roof of your garage. And not only does it fly — if a bit carelessly — it talks! Mr Moose claims that he was on a test drive with Santa Claus when he lost control of his sleigh. Palais J
(Argentina) Media Luna New Films Ug. 88mins. Dir: Ines Maria Barrionuevo.
FAREWELL TO THE MOON Dir: Dick Tuinder Prod: Column Film Sales: Media Luna New Films Wed May 21, 13:30 Riviera 2 (market screening)
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discover that some roads will change you forever. Olympia 7
(Japan) 2017 Films. 93mins. Dir: Yuki Otsuka. Key cast: Alice Hirose, Masaya Kato, Mayuko Fukuda, Valentin Bonhomme. Unsuccessful French photographer Jean Ozon, 47, has a bad life in Tokyo, drowning in booze and debts. Despite his problems, he decides to hire young runaway Flare Matsui, 15, as an assistant. Palais E
Market 09:30 XENIA
(France) Pyramide International. 123mins. Dir: Panos H Koutras. Key cast: Kostas Nikouli, Nikos Gelia. Strangers in their own birthplace, 16-year-old Danny and 18-year-old Odysseus cross the entire country in search of their Greek father
after their Albanian mother passes away. Determined to force him to acknowledge paternity, little do they know the road to the much-coveted Greek citizenship is paved with ghosts from the past, adult savagery and a dream that needs to come true. Lerins 2
Key cast: Florencia Decall, Guillermo Pfening, Melisa Romero, Sol Zavala. Our desires move us.
not marijuana should be legal for more than 40 years. Now there’s a new judge in this trial: you.
(Germany) Global Screen. 138mins. Dir: Dominik Graf. Key cast: Hannah Herzsprung, Florian Stetter, Henriette Confurius, Claudia Messner, Anne Schafer, Maja Maranow, Ronald Zehrfeld, Michael Wittenborn. The aristocratic sisters Charlotte and Caroline both fall in love with the controversial young writer and hothead, Friedrich Schiller. Defying the conventions of their time, the sisters decide to share him.
(Romania) Romanian Film Centre. 100mins. Dir: Dan Pita. Key cast: Mircea Rusu, Iulia Cristea, Iulia Dumitru. The tragic destiny of a beautiful and mysterious woman who sells her charms, along with her mother, to wealthy men.
(UK) Parkland Pictures. 76mins. Dir: Barnaby O’Connor, Matthew O’Connor. California has been arguing over whether or
Cannes Film Festival in 2013 to meet Spielberg and ask him to help him become famous. Palais H
(Spain) Film Factory Entertainment. 122mins. Dir: Damian Szifron. Key cast: Ricardo Darin, Oscar Martinez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Erica Rivas, Rita Cortese, Julieta Zylberberg, Dario Grandinetti. Comprises six separate stories. The drive for success, vertigo, competition and the inequality of the world we live in causes many people to be stressed out or depressed. Some burst. This is a film about them. Star 2
XENIA 09:45 THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER
(Israel) Le Pacte. 120mins. Dir: Nadav Lapid.
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10:00 BEAUTIFUL YOUTH
(Spain) Ndm. 106mins. Dir: Jaime Rosales. Key cast: Ingrid Garcia-Jonsson, Carlos Rodriguez, Inma Nieto, Fernando Barona, Miguel Guardiola. Natalia and Carlos, both aged 20, are in love and struggling to survive in today’s Spain. Their limited resources prevent them from getting ahead as they would like to. To earn some money, they decide to shoot an amateur porno film.
NOW OR NEVER
(France) Films Distribution. 95mins. Dir: Serge Frydman. Key cast: Leila Bekhti, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Arthur Dupont. Housewives and mothers usually don’t rob banks, as a rule… unless there is an economic crisis, your husband has lost his job and the bank is about to reposess your home… unless
(Austria) Films Boutique. 98mins. Dir: Sudabeh Mortezai. Key cast: Ramasan Minkailov, Aslan Elbiev, Kheda Gazieva. Ramasan, an 11-yearold boy from Chechenya, grows up in Macondo, a refugee settlement on the outskirts of Vienna. Living alone with his mother and two little sisters, Ramasan takes over the role of the father, assuming the responsibility for his small family.
THE SNOW QUEEN II: THE SNOW KING
(Russia) Wizart Animation. 80mins. Dir: Alexey Tsitsilin. After their victory over the Snow Queen, the trolls finally taste freedom. Having played a major role in this triumph, Orm has become the trolls’ hero. This is not enough for him, however. By comically exaggerating his exploits and achievements, he soon gets caught up in a lie, claiming that he personally defeated the Snow Queen and that his future now holds marriage to the princess, and with it power and riches. But where do Orm’s stories lead him? In this lively and perilous adventure, Orm learns that friends, happiness and true love cannot be won through deceit. Olympia 5
(Australia) Monster Pictures. 93mins. Dir: Andrew Leavold.
(France) Cinexport. 90mins. Dir: Pierre Courrege. Key cast: Pierre Santini, Patrick Braoude, Bruno Solo, Samia Dahmane, Francois Begaudeau, Jean Benguigui, Nicole Valberg, Francois Daubigny. Just a few weeks before elections, the outgoing president of the republic, Jean Francois Vanier, is at the lowest in the polls. As leader of the most powerful right-wing party, he is trying to find a mainstay. He decides to win over to his cause, Robert Bergman, a left-wing politician and an iconic figure of French politics, who has embraced retirement in a small village in the southwest of France.
FARAH GOES BANG
TO THE HILT
(US) Angel Grace Productions. 90mins. Dir: Meera Menon. Key cast: Nikohl Boosheri, Kandis Erickson, Kiran Deol, Michael Steger. A poignant comedy about three best friends on a cross-country trip who
(Israel) Westend Films. 105mins. Dir: Shira Geffen. Key cast: Sarah Adler, Samira Saraya. The story of two women — one Israeli, the other Palestinian — who are trapped within their respective worlds. After a
(Macedonia) Macedonian Film Agency. 165mins. Dir: Stole Popov. Key cast: Inti Sraj, Iskra Veterova, Martin Jordanovski, Miki Manojlovic, Nikola Kojo, Sashko Kocev, Senko Velinov, Toni Mihajlovski.
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(Iran) Iran Novin Film. 80mins. Dir: Reza Attaran. Key cast: Amir Nuri, Hosein Soleimani, Jamal Hashemi, Majin Musavi, Marc Ansari, Marilou Ming Lana, Reza Attaran, Susan Parvar. A tragicomedy about a stage-struck, thirdrate Iranian actor and playwright who is madly fond of Steven Spielberg. He decides to go to the
one evening destiny puts a thief right in your path, and you use him to learn how to go astray, where there is no turning back.
mix-up at a checkpoint, they find themselves living the life of the other on the opposite side of the border.
(Colombia) Media Luna New Films. 90mins. Dir: Chus Gutierrez. Key cast: Carolina Ramirez, Julian Villagran, Ingrid Rubio, Margarita Ortega. Javier, a shy Spanish doctor, meets Angie, a beautiful Colombian salsa dancer.
(Australia) LevelK. 104mins. Dir: Stephen Lance. Key cast: Emmanuelle Beart, Harrison Gilbertson, Rachael Blake. What starts as a beautiful and strangely innocent affair between a vulnerable teenage romantic and a French S&M mistress soon becomes more dangerous. Olympia 3
THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG
Set in Macedonia in the post revolutionary period after 1903. A love quadrangle between a cruel though romantic rebel, a merciless naturalised Turkish officer, an educated wealthy father’s son and a lucid, spoiled and avant garde European woman who has three of them wrapped around her little finger. Gray 1
WISH I WAS HERE
(US) Wild Bunch. 114mins. Dir: Zach Braff. Key cast: Ashley Greene, Jim Parsons, Joey King, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Pierce Gagnon, Zach Braff. Tells the story of Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, husband and dad, who at 35 is still trying to find his true place in life. Star 1 Priority badges only
10:30 FAIRE: L’AMOUR
(France) Elle Driver. 165mins. Dir: Djinn Carrenard. Star 4
11:00 TITLI (Butterfly)
(India) Westend Films. 124mins. Dir: Kanu Behl.
Key cast: Ranvir Shorey, Shashank Arora, Shivani Raghuvanshi. Theatre Claude Debussy Festival badge
(France) Films Distribution. 127mins. Dir: Pascale Ferran. Key cast: Anais Demoustier, Josh Charles. Riviera 3
ABLATIONS See box, below
CANADA: NOT SHORT ON TALENT
(Canada) Telefilm Canada. 110mins.
(Canada) Fella Films. 89mins. Dir: Adam MacDonald. Key cast: Missy Meregrym, Eric Balfour, Jeff Roop, Nicholas Campbell. An urban couple go camping in the woods and find themselves lost in the territory of a predatory black bear.
(Mexico) 6 Sales. 98mins. Dir: Sebastian Del Amo. Key cast: Ana Layevska, Ilse Salas, Oscar Jaenada, Ximena Gonzalez Rubio. When Charlie Chaplin met his Mexican alter ego.
(Germany) Global Screen. 90mins. Dir: Arne Birkenstock. Key cast: Helene Beltracchi, Wolfgang Beltracchi. A mesmerising, thoughtprovoking yet surprisingly amusing documentary on the life and times of Wolfgang Beltracchi, who tricked the international art world for nearly 40 years by forging and selling paintings of early 20th-century masters.
(Argentina) Ndm. 108mins. Dir: Lisandro Alonso. Key cast: Viggo Mortensen, Viibjork Malling, Ghita Norby. The Ancients used to say that Jauja was a mythological land filled with abundance and happiness. Countless expeditions sought to corroborate that place. Over time, the legend grew disproportionately. All that is known is that everyone who tried to find that
Market 11:30 ABLATIONS
(France) Funny Balloons. 93mins. Dir: Arnold De Parscau. Key cast: Denis Menochet, Virginie Ledoyen, Yolande Moreau. A man wakes up at dawn in a wasteland with no memory of his escapades the
night before. Back at his hotel, he discovers a freshly stitched scar on his back. His former mistress, now a surgeon, confirms what he foresaw: someone has stolen his kidney. To get it back he’s ready to sacrifice everything: his family, his work and even his mind. Star 3
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earthly paradise got lost along the way.
for his mobile. One week his assignment is a selfhelp app called ‘i-lived’.
(Switzerland) Picture Tree International. 91mins. Dir: Bettina Oberli. Key cast: Annemarie Duringer, Nina Proll, Stanley Townsend, Stefan Kurt. Andre is in his midfifties and still lives with his mother, 80-year-old actress Louise. He leads a rather unspectacular existence as a taxi driver, dedicated to his hobby, but hardly daring to speak to Steffi, the attractive and younger woman selling sausages at the model plane airfield, where he flies his precious model planes. One day a stranger from America arrives on their doorstep. His name is Bill and he will soon turn their tranquil life upsidedown. For the first time in his life, Andre has to wake up from his lethargy and face a few facts in his life. Well, it’s never too late to start life and love. Gray 2
(US) Archstone Distribution. 95mins. Dir: Matthew Brown. Key cast: Ashley Williams, Tahyna Tozzi, Jack Noseworthy, Joel De La Fuente, Cary Woodworth, Darren Lipari, Ryan Cooper, Brad Koed. A neo-noir revenge thriller centred on Julia Shames, who, after suffering a brutal trauma, falls prey to an unorthodox form of therapy to restore herself. Gray 3
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(Denmark) Attraction Distribution. 77mins. Dir: Ask Hasselbalch. Key cast: Amalie Kruse Jensen, Nicolas Bro, Oscar Dietz, Samuel Ting Graf.
When 12 year old Pelle is bitten by an ant, he gains its powers. Antboy soon realises he is not the only one with superpowers in town, when he discovers a scary opponent called The Flea. Palais C
(Colombia) Alpha Violet. 86mins. Dir: Maria Gamboa. Key cast: Carlos Hernandez, Felipe Botero, Leidi Nino. Mateo, 16, collects extortion money on behalf of his Mafioso uncle. As he infiltrates a local theatre group, he becomes enthralled with this freeflowing creative lifestyle. Under pressure, Mateo will have to make a choice.
Films. 93mins. Dir: Joselito Altarejos. Key cast: Angelo Ilagan, Boots Anson-Roa, Sandino Martin. A 15-year-old boy plans to kill his 17-year-old online boyfriend, hoping he could get the love he has been dreaming of.
Sami Alho, Sami Palolampi. Fifteen-year-old Anselm notices that his body is changing. Confused and puzzled, he begins to look for answers. Anselm has to discover the fate of his mother to realise what he is becoming.
(Finland) Croatian Audiovisual Centre. 97mins. Dir: Arto Halonen. Key cast: Ben Johnson, Eppu Salminen, Hannu-Pekka Bjorkman, Janne Reinikainen, Kari Ketoen, Martti Suosalo, Mikko Kouki, Pamela Tola. Every nation gets the heroes it deserves.
(Serbia) Film Center Serbia. 84mins. Dir: Filip Gajic. Key cast: Bojan Dimitrijevic, Goran Jeftic, Hana Selimovic, Lucija Serbedzija. Sisyphus is a lonely man who falls in a trap set by the gods. A director is obsessed with making an art film about Sisyphus, who defeated and chained Death. No feature film on Sisyphus has ever been made. Palais J
12:00 A PATRIOTIC MAN
ANSELM, THE YOUNG WEREWOLF
(Finland) Black Lion Pictures. 80mins. Dir: Matti Pekkanen. Key cast: Aleksi Holkko, Liisa Ruuskanen, Pauli Hanhiniemi, Reetta Kankare, Ron Jeremy,
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Key cast: Davide Capone, Micaela Ramazzotti, Vincenzo Amato, Pippo Delbono. Olympia 7
Eat Your bones (MANGE TES MORTS)
(France) Capricci Films. 94mins. Dir: Jean-Charles Hue. Eighteen-year-old Jason Dorkel belongs to the community of travellers. He is about to celebrate his Christian baptism when Fred, his half-brother, returns after several years in prison. Palais E
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Hanna goes to Israel in order to push her career by working with disabled people. Itay, the Israeli social worker, picks on Hanna with Holocaust jokes and cynical comments on German history, while obviously flirting with her. She initially reacts with rejection, but after a while she becomes interested in her family’s history and also in Itay. Riviera 4
THE HERO OF COLOR CITY
(US) Moviehouse Entertainment. 20mins (trailer in a loop. Screening duration 110mins). Dir: Frank Gladstone. Key cast: Arsenio Hall, Christina Ricci, Rosie Perez. An imaginative tale chronicling the adventures of a diverse band of crayons as they strive to protect not only their magical multihued homeland but the imagination of children everywhere from a terrifying monster.
(US) Short Film Corner. 110mins.
(Germany) Beta Cinema. 94mins. Dir: Mike Marzuk. Key cast: Valeria Eisenbart, Quirin Oettl, Justus Schlingensiepen, Neele Marie Nickel. The adventures of The Famous Five continue on an exotic island.
CARTOONISTS: FOOT SOLDIERS OF DEMOCRAcY?
The Great Invisible
Participant Media. 92mins.
(France) Kinology. 105mins. Dir: Stephanie Valloatto. Acclaimed director Radu Mihaileanu tells the story of 11 cartoonists from around the world.
ANTBOY See box, above
BEST OF THE 48 HOUR FILM PROJECT
DARKER THAN MIDNIGHT
(Italy) Rai Trade. 94mins. Dir: Sebastiano Riso.
(Germany) Media Luna New Films. 100mins. Dir: Julia Von Heinz. Key cast: Daniel Shimshoni, Doron Amit, Karoline Schuch, Lia Koenig, Lore Richter, Max Mauff, Suzanne Von Borsody, Trystan Putter.
(Belgium) Aa Les Films Belges. 105mins. Dir: Yvan Le Moine. Key cast: Hande Kodja, Rupert Everett, Jacques Boudet, Firmine Richard, Michael Lonsdale, Beatrice Dalle, Stanislas Merhar, Stefano Cassetti. A famous British writer, languidly elegant, seduces the young daughter of a rich cane-sugar plantation owner on Bourbon Island. He takes her back to wartorn Europe. Is it really love or is it something else he’s after?
(US) Bleiberg Entertainment. 98mins. Dir: Franck Khalfoun. Key cast: Jeremiah Watkins, Sarah Power, Chris Mena. Josh is an online app reviewer and video blogger who does a weekly segment of himself downloading, testing and reviewing apps
THE WAY HE LOOKS
(Brazil) Films Boutique. 98mins. Dir: Daniel Ribeiro. Key cast: Ghilherme Lobo, Fabio Audi, Tess Amorim. Not every love happens at first sight. Palais G
(Israel) The Match Factory. 100mins. Dir: Talya Lavie. Key cast: Shani Klein, Heli Twito, Meytal Gal. A dark comedy portraying the power struggles of three female secretaries at a remote army base in the Israeli desert during the course of one year. Olympia 4
12:10 RED ARMY
(US) Wild Bunch. 85mins. Dir: Polsky Gabe. Key cast: Mark Deakins, Anatoli Karpov, Vyacheslav Fetisov.
A feature documentary about the Soviet Union and the most successful dynasty in sports history — the Red Army hockey team. Told from the perspective of its captain, Slava Fetisov, the story portrays his transformation from national hero to political enemy. Star 1 Press allowed
13:00 Call Her Lotte
(Canada) Telefilm Canada. 110mins.
A lonely computer programmer becomes the victim of a psychopathic stalker.
LOOKING FOR MARIA SANCHEZ
CANADA: NOT SHORT ON TALENT
(Sweden) Films Boutique. Dir: Goran Olsson. Key cast: Lauryn Hill. The most daring moments in the struggle for liberation from colonial rule. Palais H
Short Film Corner. 15mins. Riviera 2
13:30 AZAR, SHAHDOKHT, PARVIZ AND OTHERS
(Iran) Farabi Cinema Foundation. 110mins. Dir: Behruz Afkhami. Key cast: Mehdi Fakhimzadeh, Gohar Kheirandish, Marjan Shirmohammadi, Rambod Javan. A modern comedy — Iranian-style. Palais B Press allowed
THE BLUE ROOM
(France) Alfama Films. 76mins. Dir: Mathieu Amalric. Key cast: Mathieu Amalric, Lea Drucker, Stephanie Cleau, Laurent Poitrenaux, Serge Bozon, Blutch. A man and a woman secretly make love in a bedroom. They exchange a few innocent words after sex. At least, that’s what the man thinks. Arcades 1 Press allowed
DIOR AND I
(US) Submarine Entertainment. 90mins. Dir: Frederic Tcheng. Key cast: Raf Simons. Inside Raf Simons’ first Dior Haute Couture collection. Gray 4
(Lithuania, Latvia) Wide. 109mins. Dir: Ignas Jonynas. Key cast: Oona Mekas, Vytautas Kaniusonis. Paramedic Vincentas is a passionate gambler, who is forced to make radical decisions to repay the debts. An idea strikes him to create an illegal game related to his profession. Love, life and death will be at stake. Riviera 2
GOLDBERG & EISENBERG
(Israel) Jinga Films. 97mins. Dir: Oren Carmi. Key cast: Daniel Brusovani, Eran Bohem, Yahav Gal, Yitzak Laor.
(Puerto Rico) Eastwest Filmdistribution. 97mins. Dir: Bruno Irizarry. Key cast: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jaime Camil, Dayanara Torres, Monica Steuer. Romantic comedy about the life of a Puerto Rican born in New York. One night, Raul meets Maria, a young Puerto Rican woman visiting the Big Apple. The night of their encounter, something dramatic happens and they are suddenly separated. Struck by love at first sight, he travels to Puerto Rico in search of her. Lerins 1
(US) 6 Sales. 82mins. Dir: Josef Wladyka. Key cast: Cristian Advincula, Hadder Blandon, Jarlin Martinez, Manuel David Riascos. From the port of Buenaventura — the most dangerous city in Colombia — three men embark on a journey over the dark, murky waters of the Pacific. A set of mysterious coordinates is their guide, a fishing net is their cover and a narco-torpedo filled with 100kg of cocaine is
their cargo. Following the estranged brothers as they risk everything for a chance at a better life, Manos Sucias takes a close look at life at the bottom of the food chain in the international drug trade. Gray 2
(France) Pyramide International. 95mins. Dir: Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis. Key cast: Angelique, Joseph Bour. An ageing nightclub hostess decides to settle down and get married. Star 3
SWIM LITTLE FISH SWIM
(US) Jour2Fete. 96mins. Dir: Lola Bessis, Ruben Amar. Key cast: Lola Bessis, Dustin Guy Defa, Brooke Bloom. A dreamlike journey from childhood to adulthood. Arcades 3
THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA
(Japan) Wild Bunch. 137mins. Dir: Isao Takahata. Key cast: Nobuko Miyamoto, Shichinosuke Nakamura, Tatsuya Nakadai. Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo, a tiny girl grows into an exquisite young lady, raised by an old bamboocutter and his wife. Star 4 Priority badges only
THE WHOLE WORLD AT OUR FEET
(Kazakstan) Bes Karu Federation. 105mins. Dir: Salamat MukhammedAli. Key cast: Armand Assante, Karlygash Mukhamedzhanova, Alexey Frandetti, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Tommy Lister, Michael Madson, Olivier Gruner, Bolo Yeung, Serik Bimurzin, Nurlan Altayev. Honour costs more than money. Palais J
13:45 DAUGHTERS See box, left
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(Germany) Alpha Violet. 92mins. Dir: Maria Speth. Key cast: Corinna Kirchhoff, Kathleen Morgeneyer. Agnes comes to Berlin to identify a dead girl.
The police suspect it is Agnes’s 15-year-old daughter, who has run away from home. But it is not. Agnes remains in Berlin nevertheless, driven by the hope of finding her daughter, where she meets Ines. Riviera 4
GETT, THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALLEM
(France) Films Distribution. 115mins. Dir: Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz. Key cast: Ronit Elkabetz, Menashe Noy, Simon Abkarian.
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LEGEND OF A RABBIT: THE MARTIAL OF FIRE
(China) Tianjin North Film Group. 90mins. Dir: Da Ke Dong. It’s been two years since Tu defeated Slash. More than a hero, Tu is regarded as the protector of the village, defeating bandits and upholding justice. Palais K
LOST RIVER See box, below
Market 14:00 THE LAST EXECUTIONER
(Thailand) De Warrenne Pictures. 95mins. Dir: Tom Waller. Key cast: Vithaya Pansringarm, Penpak Sirikul, David Asavanond. The story of Chavoret Jaruboon, the last person in Thailand whose job was to execute people
In Israel, civil marriage and civil divorce don’t exist. Only rabbis have the authority to pronounce a marriage, or its dissolution, on the condition that the husband has given his full consent. Consequently, the husband holds more power than the judges. Viviane Amsallem filed for divorce three years ago. Her husband, Elisha, has refused his consent ever since. His cold intransigence, Viviane’s fight for her freedom and the ambiguous role of judges affect a procedure where the tragic vies with the absurd, where everything is judged but the original query. Riviera 3
by gun. Jaruboon was a wild rock ’n’ roller who took a ‘respectable’ job to support the family he loved devotedly, then constantly tried to reconcile the good and bad karma that came from his decision. It is a story of life at its most beautiful, and death at its most surreal. Lerins 2
his whole life. As he is walking into the jungle, he comes across a small tobacco ranch where he meets Joao, the owner, and his beautiful daughter, Vania. The same night, the ranch is attacked by intruders, Joao is killed and Vania kidnapped. Vania is almost driven to insanity by the despair of seeing her father being brutally murdered. Kai, who remains hidden, decides to follow the intruders’ trail to get Vania back. Palais I
BEFORE YOU KNOW IT
(US) Wide House. 110mins. Dir: Pj Raval. An uplifting tale about gay seniors in modern America. Riviera 1
inadvertently leads them onto land owned by the Ministry of Defence, where they become accidental participants in a terrifying alien incursion. Olympia 5
THE GREAT HYPNOTIST
(China) Wanda Media Co. 100mins. Dir: Leste Chen. Key cast: Zheng Xu, Karen Mok. Xu Ruining, a nationally renowned hypnotherapist, is incredibly skilled in hypnotherapy. But when his career takes off, he meets a patient named Ren Xiaoyan, who brings him a thorny problem.
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(UK) Altitude Film Sales. 84mins. Dir: Daniel Simpson. Key cast: Robert Curtis, Abbie Salt, Danny Shayler. Three friends’ passion for treasure hunting
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(France) Talantis Productions. 75mins. Dir: Thierry Sebban. Key cast: Thierry Sebban, Simon Abkarian, Igor Skerblin, Perrine Tourneux. Alex is a divorced father, a stressed executive. His daily routine is work, work, work. Tonight he’s in a hurry: he’s due to meet a beautiful young stranger, who contacted him via the internet. But this blind date will flip him into a downward spiral and disrupt forever the course of his life. Olympia 3
RIO I LOVE YOU
(Brazil) Westend Films. 98mins. Dir: Paolo Sorrentino. Key cast: Vincent Cassel, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro, Vanessa Paradis, Nadine Labaki, Ryan Kwanten, Guillermo Santoro. Arcades 2
ON ANY SUNDAY
(US) Red Bull Media House. 90mins. Dir: Bruce Brown, Dana Brown. Key cast: Marc Marquez, Robbie Maddison, Travis Pastrana. An exploration into the two-wheeled world of motorcycle riding. Palais G By invitation only
SORRY I LOVE YOU
(China) Bravos Pictures. 107mins. Dir: Larry Yang. Key cast: Vivian Dawson, Xin Wen, Wesley Wong. With a bullet in his head that cannot be surgically removed and only six months to live, Walker decides to leave Vancouver,
(France) Cinexport. 80mins. Dir: Olivier Vidal, Sebastien Maggiani. Key cast: Amir Ben Abdelmoumen, Antoine Gautron, Delphine Depardieu, Jean-Christophe Bouvet, Jean-Pierre Castaldi, Samuel Bousbib. A 14-year-old boy, Leo, leaves a psychiatric hospital following a short stay. Orphaned at a young age, writing is his only form of escape and he dreams of one day meeting his hero, Claude Lelouch. Gray 5
(Argentina) Bac Films. 90mins. Dir: Pablo Fendrik. Key cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Alice Braga. Kai, a man in his thirties, has the looks of someone who has lived in the jungle
Dir: Jacques-Herve Fichet. Key cast: LouEmilie Alves, Stephan Petit, Jacques-Herve Fichet, Quentin King, Pierrette Litras, Roger Grosrey. “Science without conscience is only the ruin of the soul.” Robotics, artificial intelligence, cloning of animals and perhaps in the future, therapeutic — and later more, maybe — cloning, challenge our imagination. Is this a Utopia?
(Ireland) Continental Media. 100mins. Dir: Stephen Bradley. Key cast: Deirdre O’Kane, Sarah Greene, Brendan Coyle, Liam Cunningham. A funny, feisty and courageous woman overcomes the difficulties of her childhood in Ireland to discover her destiny on the streets of Saigon in 1989.
THE LAST EXECUTIONER See box, above
LEA, AN ANGEL IN MY HOUSE
(France) Quasar M4 Productions. 101mins.
Market 14:00 LOST RIVER
(US) Sierra/Affinity. 75mins. Dir: Ryan Gosling. Key cast: Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Iain Mendelsohn, Matt Smith, Reda Kateb, Barbara Steele, Eva Mendes, Ben De Caestecker. Set against the surreal dreamscape of a
vanishing city, Billy, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while Bones, her teenage son, discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery if their family is to survive. Theatre Claude Debussy Festival badge
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SCREENING SCHEDULE Thurs 22 May 14:00 Debussy (Official) Thurs 22 May 22:00 Debussy (Official)
Fri 23 May 15:30 (tbc) Bazin (Official)
whom everything always goes right… until he meets Holloman, a cynical and suicidal credit collector, and everything starts to go wrong. Palais H
Michael J Jackson, Nicholas Day, Rick Warden, Samuel Anderson. When confonting the past you raise the stakes for the future. Gray 2
MEMORIES OF THE DESERT
(Brazil) Bogeydom Licensing. 98mins. Dir: Jorge Duran. Key cast: Alvaro Rudolphy, Daniel De Oliveira, Daniela Ramirez, Roxana Campos. A man’s quest in the Chilean desert turns into a dark and passionate murder mystery. Gray 4
Market 14:00 TIME LAPSE
(US) Devilworks. 104mins. Dir: Bradley King. Key cast: Danielle Panabaker, George Finn, John RhysDavies, Judith Drake, Matt O’Leary, Sharon Maughan.
where he grew up, and return to China, where he was born, in search of his biological parents. Along the way, he runs into Encai, a girl he once saved from street thugs in Vancouver. When Walker finally locates his birthmother and arrives at her luxurious mansion, he is overwhelmed with bitterness and revenge as he realises that his pitiful plight was all part of a conspiracy orchestrated by his aunt. Olympia 4
TIME LAPSE See box, above
14:30 THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER
(Israel) Le Pacte. 120mins. Dir: Nadav Lapid. Miramar Festival badge
15:00 ON ANY SUNDAY
(US) Red Bull Media House. 90mins (trailer. Screening duration 50mins). Dir: Bruce Brown, Dana Brown.
Three friends discover a mysterious machine that takes pictures 24 hours into the future. They conspire to use it for personal gain… until disturbing and dangerous images begin to develop. Gray 3
Key cast: Marc Marquez, Robbie Maddison, Travis Pastrana. Palais G By invitation only
(Spain) Media Luna New Films. 100mins. Dir: Alfonso Zarauza. Key cast: Lola Duenas, Juan Carlos Vellido, Luis Tosar, Miguel De Lira. Neneta became a construction worker and overcame the hard work with courage and a sense of humour. But when her past comes back, she must decide to run away or stay and build a life for her and her child. Riviera 2
ANGELS DESCEND TOGETHER
(Iran) Soureh Cinema Organization. 92mins. Dir: Hamed Mohammadi. Ahmad is a young clergyman who has a peaceful, lovely life with his wife — until she becomes pregnant. Economical pressure forces him to work, until he is offered a role in a film,
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which is the beginning of new events in his life. Palais B Press allowed
(Sweden) Jinga Films. 80mins. Dir: Johannes Pinter, Micke Von Engstrom, Nicolas Debot, Allan Gustafsson. Key cast: Chrissy Pavlov, Frida Liljevall, Katarina Bothen, Mariah Kanninen, Mattias Redbo, Per Burell, Peter Stridsberg, Thomas Hedengran. Satan is ready to make a new deal: five apps, five tales of horror. Pay with your soul!
has concealed his Jewish heritage ever since he survived the horrors of Auschwitz. On a last journey to his roots, he finally tries to come to terms with his past. Riviera 4
LAWRENCE & HOLLOMAN
(Canada) Ameland Films. 88mins. Dir: Matthew Kowalchuk. Key cast: Ben Cotton, Daniel Arnold, Katharine Isaabelle, Amy Matysio. Lawrence is an everoptimistic suit salesman for
(France) The Open Reel. 82mins. Dir: Mickael Abbate, Tiziano Martella, Domiziano Cristopharo. Key cast: Alberto Cattaneo, Cristina Puccinelli, Maya Dolan, Sophie Paris, Venantio Venantini. Three shocking tales of horror that will get you beyond fear. Palais F Priority badges only
16:00 ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE See box, below
(Finland) Insomnia World Sales. 100mins. Dir: Taru Makela. Key cast: Kati Outinen, Krystof Hadek, Laura Birn, Lena Leeve, Miroslav Etzler. A romantic comedy set against the political backdrop of the Cold War. Helsinki 1962: Elsa, a middle-aged milliner and a part-time clairvoyant, is apparently in total control of her life until the man she once loved and lost walks through the door of her hat shop. Arcades 2
BAL GOES TO CANNES
Bafici. 90mins. PLEASURE ISLAND
(UK) Achilles Entertainments. 98mins. Dir: Mike Doxford. Key cast: Conner Chapman, Darwin Shaw, Gina Bramhill, Ian Sharp,
THE CHALLAT OF TUNIS
(France) Jour2Fete. 90mins. Dir: Kaouther Ben Hania. Key cast: Mohamed Slim
JOY OF FATHERHOOD
(Germany) Global Screen. 110mins. Dir: Matthias Schweighofer. Key cast: Matthias Schweighofer, Isabell Polak, Friedrich Mucke, Tom Beck. Felix enjoys his single life to the fullest until on one date a ferret bite sterilises him. He tries everything in his power to find the soon-to-be mother of his only child-to-be, the result of his first and last sperm donation. Lerins 1
The Last MENTSCH
ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE
(Germany) Atlas International Film. 95mins. Dir: PierreHenry Salfati. Key cast: Mario Adorf, Hannelore Elsner, Katharina Derr. Marcus Schwartz, born Mena’hem Teitelbaum,
(US) Celluloid Dreams/Nightmares. 90mins. Dir: Chris Sivertson, Lucky McKee. Key cast: Brooke Butler, Caitlin Stasey, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Tom Williamson. When the head cheerleader is unexpectedly killed in a freak accident,
self-styled outsider Maddy shocks the remaining team by trying out for the new vacancy. Maddy has revenge in mind, but then things turn ugly at a drunken bonfire party. The gang of cheerleaders must become unlikely allies in a supernatural showdown against the boys. Olympia 4
town, Mary is a manager at a Madison Avenue boutique. The young couple are about to move out of their bohemian apartment in Brooklyn to the suburbs, all funded by Mary’s father. As Dad keeps buying them things they could never afford, Victor’s claustrophobia and sense of entrapment grows. His inner struggle to meet their expectations seems to be guiding him towards a way of life he is unwilling to accept. Gray 5
PUTTING THE DEMAND IN VIDEO-ON-DEMAND
(France) Marche Du Film. 120mins. Dir: Round-Table (Next).
for Gelsomina and her three younger sisters.
TRACES OF SANDALWOOD
Market 16:00 The Circle
(Switzerland) Wide House. 101mins. Dir: Stefan Haupt. Zurich in the mid1950s. The young, shy teacher Ernst Ostertag becomes a member of the gay organisation Der Kreis. He gets to know the transvestite star Robi Rapp and immediately falls head over heels in love. Robi Bouchiha, Jallel Dridi, Moufida Dridi. Tunisia before the revolution. A man on a motorbike, razor blade in hand, prowls the streets of Tunis slashing women’s buttocks. They call him The Challat, aka The Slasher, and the mere mention of his name provokes fascination and terror. Is he a lone criminal, an urban legend, or could he be part of a political group or a religious fanatic? Ten years later, in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, a stubborn young female director sets out on an investigation to unravel the mystery and discover the true Challat of Tunis. Lerins 2
and Ernst live through the high point and the eventual decline of the organisation, which is seen as the symbol of gay emancipation. Ernst finds himself torn between his bourgeois existence and his commitment to homosexuality; for Robi it is about his first serious love affair, a relationship which will last a lifetime. Palais C
Julieta Diaz, Mauricio Dayub. Ivana Cornejo is a successful lawyer. After the loss of his cellphone, Ivana receives a call from someone who found it, intent on returning it. Leon Godoy is a renowned architect with an overwhelming personality. During the telephone conversation they get along and both feel an immediate interest towards each other. They arrange to meet at a bar the next day. Ivana is the first to arrive. A few minutes later Leon shows up and Ivana is shocked. Leon is everything she thought he would be… but he is 1.36 metres high. Gray 3
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CORAZoN DE LEoN
(Argentina) Filmexport Group. 100mins. Dir: Marcos Carnevale. Key cast: Guillermo Francella,
(Canada) Devilworks. 80mins. Dir: Renaud Gauthier. Key cast: Catherine Antaki, Christian Paul, Francois Aubi, Katherine Cleland,
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Sandrine Bisson. A retro-mad slasher pic about a man who’s just crazy for dance music. Palais G
THE LAST 5 YEARS
(US) The Exchange. 94mins. Dir: Richard Lagravenese. Key cast: Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan. An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. Olympia 5
except perhaps when visiting Lily Frei, a charming local waitress with whom he is painfully in love. Unfortunately, his attempts to woo her usually fail as Lily has a secret passion of her own: filling her tiny flat with tonnes of garbage. When Hansjorg solves his most difficult littering crime to date, their shared endeavour of rubbish collection is awkwardly fused as the feisty perpetrator is revealed to be none other than Emma, Lily’s troubled daughter.
PLEASE BE NORMAL
(US) Princ Films. 91mins. Dir: Haik Kocharian. Key cast: Sam Waterston, Dana Eskelson, Louis Cancelmi, Elisabeth Waterson. Victor is a struggling playwright and theatre director whose girlfriend, Mary, is expecting their first child. He has a temporary job in construction to make ends meet but the dusty, dirty job exhausts him. Across
(Switzerland) Be For Films. 95mins. Dir: Pierre Monnard. Key cast: Bruno Cathomas, Claude Blanc, Gregoire Gros, Johanna Bantzer, Luna Dutli, Monica Gubser, Pablo Aguilar, Peter Jecklin. Hansjorg Stahli is the diligent chief refuse detective of a picture-perfect town in Switzerland. His daily focus to maintain cleanliness and perfection is seldom interrupted,
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(Spain) Imagina International Sales. 95mins. Dir: Maria Ripoll. Key cast: Nandita Das, Subodh Maskara, Naby Dakhli. Pain is universal… but so is hope. A story of hope and love across Mumbai and Barcelona: from India to the Mediterranean… and all the way back. Palais E By invitation only
WORKS IN PROGRESS
(Czech Republic) Czech Film Center. 90mins. A collection of four Czech films which are currently
(France) Ndm. 200mins. Dir: Bruno Dumont. Key cast: Alane Delhaye, Lucy Caron, Bernard Pruvost, Philippe Jore, Corentin Carpentier, Julien Bodard, Baptiste Anquez, Lisa Hartman. Focuses on bizarre crimes on the outskirts of a small Channel town in the Boulonnais that has fallen prey to evil, and to a band of young scoundrels led by Li’l Quinquin and his beloved Eve. Olympia 3 Priority badges only
(Italy) The Match Factory. 110mins. Dir: Alice Rohrwacher. Key cast: Maria Alexandra Lungu, Sam Louvyck, Alba Rohrwacher, Sabine Timoteo, Luis Huilca, Monica Bellucci. Nothing will be the same at the end of this summer
Market 16:00 REFUGIADO
(Argentina) Memento Films International (Mfi). 93mins. Dir: Diego Lerman. Key cast: Julieta Diaz. Seven-year-old Matias returns home from a friend’s birthday party to find
his mother, Laura, unconscious on the floor. When she returns to her senses they decide to leave home and rush to a shelter for abused women, where they spend 48 hours, before Laura decides to rebuild her life somewhere else. Star 1
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overflows into musical notes.
142mins. Dir: Laurent Becue-Renard.
KALACHAKRA — L’EVEIL
(France) Leelame Production. 83mins. Dir: Natalie Fuchs. Key cast: Jampa Legdhen, Tenzin Norzom. Recounts the encounter between an occidental woman, a young monk and a Tibetan couple in Dharamsala, North India, where the Tibetan government in exile found refuge.
(US) Psychedelic Pictures. 93mins. Dir: Tod Lautenberg. Key cast: Caitlin Gold, Katy Rust, Rick Kariolic, Taso Mikroulis, Tod Lautenberg, Tom Waclawik. About a group of friends in their late twenties in New York, who are successful despite smoking a ridiculous amount of marijuana.
LOOKING FOR THE BLACK ORPHEUS
Market 16:30 STILL THE WATER
(Japan) Mk2 SA. 119mins. Dir: Naomi Kawase. Key cast: Nijiro Murakami, Jun Yoshinaga, Tetta Sugimoto, Miyuki Matsuda, Fujio Tokita. On the subtropical Japanese island of Amami-Oshima, traditions about nature remain eternal. During
the full-moon night of traditional dances in August, 16-year-old Kaito discovers a dead body floating in the sea. His girlfriend, Kyoko, will attempt to help him understand this mysterious discovery by experiencing the interwoven cycles of life, death and love. Grand Theatre Lumiere Ticket required
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(Romania) Romanian Film Centre. 74mins. Dir: Dan Chisu. Key cast: Dan Chisu, Ioana Flora, Mirela Oprisor. It’s the first morning when Dan does not wake up with his wife, but with his mistress, Tania. What follows is a deja vu. Palais D
in post-production. Come and get a taste of four brand-new highly expected Czech features. Riviera 3
(Croatia) Croatian Audiovisual Centre. 74mins. Dir: Vanja Svilicic. The story of two best friends in their early forties. They want to break away from the world-views imposed on them by their parents, family and society. That is easier said than done, particularly if you live in a small and conservative city. Over several cups of coffee, we get to know their fears and burdens, their solitude and their resilience. Gray 1
100mins. Dir: Wim Wenders, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado. Focuses on photographer and explorer Sebastiao Salgado’s latest work: discovering parts of the world still untouched by modern civilisation. Theatre Claude Debussy Festival badge
(France) Other Angle Pictures. 90mins. Dir: Philippe Lacheau, Nicolas Benamou. Key cast: Clotilde Courau, Alice David, Gerard Jugnot, Philippe Lacheau. A young executive is forced by his boss to take care of his son for a weekend. When he comes back, his house is upside down and his son has disappeared. Star 4
STILL THE WATER
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(India) New World Cinemas. 87mins. Dir: Kajal Choudhury. Key cast: Supurna Malakar, Marion Ossent,
17:00 SALT OF THE EARTH
(France) Le Pacte.
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(Brazil) Jangada. 130mins. Dir: Breno Silveira. Key cast: Cambinho Do Acordeon, Julio Andrade, Adelio Lima, Nanda Costa, Silvia Buarque. Two Brazilian artists, two icons of popular music. Two opposite personalities that are part of the same story, marked by disagreements between father and son who have spent their lives trying to understand each other. Luiz Gonzaga and Gonzaguinha. Emotion
(France) Star Production. 80mins. It is 1959, and a thunderclap sounds in the sky over Cannes. A virtually unknown filmmaker, Marcel Camus wins the Palme d’Or with ‘Black Orpheus’. Forty-five years later, what has become of the myth of Orpheus and Euridyce, transposed to Brazil by Vinicius de Moraes? Palais F
Of men and war
(France) Wild Bunch.
(Canada) The Acme Film Company. 95mins. Dir: Deanne Foley. Key cast: Melissa Bergland, Aaron Poole, Johnathan Sousa. When 30-year-old Lexi’s romantic view of life is torn apart, she learns that love, however flawed and difficult, does exist. Arcades 3
(France) Wide. 100mins. Dir: Jean-Francois Davy. Key cast: Jean-Francois Davy, Kitty Kat. While casting for his next film, Jean-Francois Davy
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(France) 2017 Films. 97mins. Dir: Robin Entreinger. Adrien’s life collapses when his wife and daughter die in a car accident. Unable to work, keeping away from his friends, Adrien finds a sympathetic mind in the brother he hasn’t seen in years. Palais H
(Germany) Arri Worldsales. 118mins. Dir: Caroline Link. Key cast: Hafsia Herzi, Samuel Schneider, Ulrich Tukur. The relationship between 17-year-old Ben and his father Heinrich is reserved. During Heinrich’s assignment in Morocco, Ben falls in love with a local girl and follows her on an adventurous trip. Heinrich and Ben end up in a life-threatening situation. Riviera 4
Market 17:30 DRAGON NEST
(China) All Rights Entertainment. 25mins (trailer). Dir: Song Yuefeng.
A kind-hearted villager whose parents were brutally murdered joins the Dragon Slayers’ League. Palais G
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45 Years 71 A City Dreaming A Little Chaos A Story of Children and Film Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa Bastards Better Living Through Chemistry Bill Black Sea Blood Moon Brand New-U Castles in the Sky Cinderella Couple in a Hole Dark Horse Electricity Everest Far from the Madding Crowd Get Santa Get Up and Go Half of a Yellow Sun Hyena I Am Ali In Real Life In the Heart of the Sea Into the Woods Jupiter Ascending
Kiss the Water Le Week-End Leaving the Village Listen to Me Marlon London Road Macbeth Man From U.N.C.L.E Man Up Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie Norfolk Our Kind Of Traitor Our Robot Overlords Paddington Personal Best Philomena Posh Remainder Second Coming Slow West Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers Stone Roses: Made of Stone Suffragette Suite Française Sunset Song Stairway to Heaven Swung Testament of Youth
The Big Melt The Canal The Duke of Burgundy The Falling The Goob The Lobster The Railway Man The Selfish Giant
Thumb Wars Untitled Lance Armstrong Biopic Untitled Jim Loach Project (Working title of Emu Plains) What is this Film Called Love What We Did On Our Holiday X Plus Y
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is captivated by the eighth actress. She walked in, juvenile and beautiful, and drew him in with her deepblue eyes, lack of fear and modesty and seductive gaze. A pure and honest account of this sexual encounter and the proceedings of this relationship, where the author plunges into the film and uses his own body to reconcile cinematographic and sexual expression.
19:45 TRUE LOVE WAYS
(Germany) House Of Film. 103mins. Dir: Mathieu Seiler. Key cast: Anna Hausburg, David C Bunners, Kai Michael Muller. Riviera 4
20:00 THE GIRL AND THE RIVER
(France) Acid. 65mins. Dir: Aurelia Georges. Key cast: Sabrina Seyvecou. Nouk and Samuel are in love: young, over-possessive and clumsy. One day Nouk abruptly loses Samuel.
WE ARE ALL SOLDIERS
(Iran) Documentary And Experimental Film Center. 60mins. A history of military service from 1926 to 1978 in Iran. Palais B Press allowed
18:00 5 MINUTES
(US) Swimming Wings Productions. 89mins. Dir: Gabriel Schmidt. Key cast: Eliana Silva, Keith Balderston, Priscilla Schmidt, Max Amini, Juneta Ozolina, Mark Alexander Herz, Alexander Schmidt, Inga Van Ardenn. What would you do? A mother and a father struggle to reveal tragic news to their children as they share their last moments together when they find themselves in the path of a nuclear conflict. Gray 5
18:00 DECODING ANNIE PARKER
(US) Radiant Films International. 99mins. Dir: Steven Bernstein. Key cast: Samantha Morton, Helen Hunt, Aaron Paul, Rashida Jones, Richard Schiff,
A tale of family and loyalty, love and loss, betrayal and redemption. As the Mob destroys the life of a big family and leaves them clinging to survival, a powerful, yet secret, love burns between Marko (a gangster) and Angela — two high-school sweethearts. Riviera 1
THE BRITISH FILM INDUSTRY: ELITIST, DELUDED OR DORMANT?
(UK) Quota Films. 110mins. Dir: Robin Dutta, Vinod Mahindru. Key cast: Ben Kingsley, Alan Parker, David Puttnam, Ken Loach, Mike Hodges, Stephen Frears, Michael Kuhn, Jonathan Gems, Lloyd Kaufman, John Goldschmidt. A feature-length documentary about the real state of the British film industry. Gray 3
CHILDREN OF THE SUN
(Macedonia) Macedonian Film Agency. 92mins. Dir: Antonio Mitrikeski. Key cast: Ivana Plivkovik, Kire Dzotevski, Meto Jovanovski, Emir Hadzihafizbegovic.
Love At First fight
(Mexico) Habanero. 95mins. Dir: Sergio Tovar Velarde. Key cast: Antonio Velazquez, Alejandro de la Madrid, Cesar Ramos. Four stories of love and disgust between men of different generations facing their conflicts and their fears. Palais E
(France) Multipass Prod. 75mins. Dir: Jean-Luc Herbulot. Key cast: Dan Bronchinson, Elsa Madeleine, Salem Kali, Bruno Henry, Herve Babadi, Dimitri Storoge, Fatima Adoum, Didier Merigou, Maia Bonami, Tchewk Essafi. After giving up a life of
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Bradley Whitford, Alice Eve. Love, science, sex, infidelity, disease and comedy… the wild, mostly true story of the irrepressible Annie Parker, and the near discovery of a cure for cancer.
(Spain) Film Factory Entertainment. 106mins. Dir: Marcelo Pineyro. Key cast: Mario Casas, Belen Rueda, Sergi Lopez. A tender drama about the return to one’s roots.
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(Austria) Films Distribution. 50mins. Dir: Benjamin Heisenberg. Key cast: Andre Wilms, Georg Friedrich, Susanne Wolff, Maria Hofstatter. When a washed-up bohemian, Nick Gutlicht, meets a controversial psychologist, Curt Ledig, he soon becomes the doctor’s involuntary object of interest and study. Nick’s life in disarray is gradually brought back to normal, while Curt’s fading memory manages to unearth the truth about his former involvement with the Third Reich.
cocaine trafficking, a man vows to stay on the straight and narrow. But he’s offered a one-time opportunity to achieve his life dream: moving to Australia with his daughter. He accepts the deal and starts a downward spiral sucking him back into 24 hours of hell, where he has to save his daughter and survive by any means. Arcades 2
(Belgium) Media Luna New Films. 118mins. Dir: Stijn Coninx. Key cast: Chris Van Den Durpel, Cristian Campagna, Donatella Finocchiaro, Evelien Bosmans, Luigi Lo Cascio, Matteo Simoni, Warre Borgmans. This story, set in the 1950s, concentrates on Rocco’s struggle trying to play music and win the girl of his dreams within a small, early multicultural community of mining families. Riviera 3
DECODING ANNIE PARKER
THE TORTURE CLUB
(Japan) Kadokawa Corporation. 97mins. Dir: Kota Yoshida. Key cast: Noriko Kijima, Haruna Yoshizumi, Yuki Mamiya. A prestigious girls’ school… with a torture club!
(France) BAC Films. 100mins. Dir: Thomas Cailley. Key cast: Adele Haenel, Kevin Azais. Between his friends and the family business, Arnaud’s summer looks to be a peaceful one. Peaceful until he runs into Madeleine, as beautiful as she is brusk, a concrete block of tense muscles and doomsday prophecies. Olympia 4
22:00 LOST RIVER
(US) Sierra/Affinity. 75mins. Dir: Ryan Gosling. Key cast: Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Iain Mendelsohn, Matt Smith, Reda Kateb, Barbara Steele, Eva Mendes, Ben De Caestecker. Theatre Claude Debussy Festival badge
RUSSIAN CINEMA SCREENING PRESENTATION
Beijing Film Academy (Bfa). 99mins.
Russian Cinema Fund. 110mins.
UNDER THE ELECTRIC SKY
The Exchange. 89mins.
SILVERED WATER, SYRIA SELF-PORTRAIT
WALKING WITH THE ENEMY
(France) Doc & Film International. 90mins. Dir: Ossama Mohammed, Wiam Simav Bedirxan. Film charting the relationship between a director editing YouTube footage of the Syrian civil war in Paris and a young Kurd on the ground in Homs.
(US) Koan. 126mins. Dir: Mark Schmidt. Key cast: Ben Kingsley, Hannah Tointon, Jonas Armstrong. A young man, separated from his family in the Second World War, disguises himself as a Nazi SS officer and uncovers more than just his family whereabouts.
(Venezuela) Jinga Films. 100mins. Dir: Alejandro Hidalgo. Key cast: Adriana Calzadilla, Alexander Da Silva, Amanda Key, Gonzalo Cubero, Guillermo Garcia, Guillermo Londono, Jose Leon, Rosmel Bustamante. A mother, imprisoned for 30 years for the murder of her husband, is released on house arrest. When she returns to her family home, the tragic twists of her life begin to haunt her again.
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(France) Wild Bunch. 95mins. Dir: Katia Lewkowicz. Key cast: Laura Smet, Marina Fois, Noemie Lvovsky. Three women trapped in roles of their own making. Three women united on the same mission — to escape their cages and change their lives forever. Olympia 5 Priority badges only
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Mr. Turner (UK) Mike Leigh
Winter Sleep (Turk-Fr-Ger) Nuri Bilge Ceylan
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Kate Muir/Wendy Ide The Times, UK
Michel Ciment Positif, France
Stephanie Zacharek The Village Voice, US
jose carlos avellar Escrevercinema.com, Brazil
Jan Schulz-ojala Der Tagesspiegel, Germany
Derek Malcolm Honorary president, Fipresci, UK
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Timbuktu (Fr) Abderrahmane Sissako The Captive (Can) Atom Egoyan
David Stratton The Australian, Australia
Robbie Collin The Daily Telegraph, UK
The Screen jury at Cannes
Bo Green Jensen Weekendavisen Berlingske, Denmark
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Saint Laurent (Fr) Bertrand Bonello
Wild Tales (Arg-Sp) Damian Szifron
The Homesman (US) Tommy Lee Jones
The Wonders (It-Switz-Ger) Alice Rohrwacher
Foxcatcher (US) Bennett Miller
Maps To The Stars (Can) David Cronenberg
Two Days, One Night (Bel-Fr-It) Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ allowing her to keep her job — all with the help of her husband (Fabrizio Rongione).
Still The Water (Fr-Jap) Naomi Kawase
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ His girlfriend Kyoko attempts to help him understand this mysterious discovery.
The Search (Fr) Michel Hazanavicius
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ village, he meets Carole, a European Union delegation head. Starring Bérénice Bejo and Annette Bening.
Goodbye To Language 3D (Fr) Jean-Luc Godard
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ 0.0 They love, they argue, fists fly/ A dog strays between town and country/ The seasons pass/ A second film begins…”
Jimmy’s Hall (UK-Ire) Ken Loach
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ Barry Ward stars as Gralton, who opens up a dance hall — much to the annoyance of some in the community.
Mommy (Can-Fr) Xavier Dolan
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Clouds Of Sils Maria (Ger-Fr-Switz) Olivier Assayas
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ she had made her own some 20 years earlier. Kristen Stewart co-stars.
Leviathan (Rus) Andrey Zvyagintsev
★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ stop at nothing to take possession of the man’s property and land. Aleksei Serebryakov and Elena Lyadova star. 0.0
Marion Cotillard stars as a woman who has just one weekend to persuade her colleagues to give up their bonuses —
During the full-moon night of traditional dances in August, 16-year-old Kaito discovers a dead body floating in the sea.
The unlikely friendship between an NGO worker and a young boy in Chechnya. After the boy’s parents are killed in their
The official plot for the New Wave legend’s 39th film gives little away: “A married woman and a single man meet/
Drama about political activist Jimmy Gralton, who was deported from Ireland during the ‘Red Scare’ of the 1930s.
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A multi-character drama in which the owner of a small-town auto shop comes into conflict with the mayor, who will
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